The Society of Graduate and Professional Students celebrates Person's Day
Sunday, October 18 is Person’s Day. The Society of Graduate and Professional Students, in collaboration with Interval House and the Sexual Assault Center of Kingston, are combining inspiring speakers, live local music and 7 foot poetry banners to celebrate the 80th anniversary of women being acknowledged as ‘Person’s under Canadian law’.
“While women got the vote in 1918, it took until 1929 for them to be recognized as people,” says Lara Szabo Greisman, Equity Coordinator, Society of Graduate and Professional Students at Queen’s. “Even then, personhood was initially only designated for white women. It took until 1948 for East Asian women to be recognized and even later, in 1960, for Aboriginal women to be acknowledged as 'Person's' and given voting rights. Through a celebration of this event, we can inspire the community to be invested and inspired by their history and their struggles to gain equal rights.”
The event starts at 3pm in City Park with a live performance by community-involved local legends The Gertudes, followed by a series of short speeches from prominent women’s rights activists and allies in the Queens and Kingston community, including lawyer and women’s rights advocate Pamela Cross and Picture an End to Violence organizer Matthew Ascah. Following the rally, participants are invited to an art exhibition in Wallace Hall, located in the John Deutsch University Centre, for food, refreshments and a continuation of Person’s Day discussions.
“The event is family friendly and is open to the community, faculty, students and staff,” adds Szabo Greisman. “This is an event that affects all of us and I would encourage everyone to come out and bring their children, partners, friends, lovers and questions.”