Toronto: The Copp Clark Company, Limited. 1905. First Canadian Edition. Octavo; original publisher's blue pictorial cloth stamped in black, white & brown on upper cover, spine panel titled in gilt. 395 pp., frontispiece with tissue guard and three additional plates inserted in the text, all by Fred Pegram. Emily Murphy's copy with on the front free endpaper "Emily F. Murphy / Swan River / Aug. 1905" followed by the later signature of "Kathleen Murphy / Edmonton" (her daughter). There is a 2-1/2 page manuscript review of the book at the rear - on the blank verso of the last leaf of text, on the recto of the rear free endpaper and on the rear paste-down; all in Emily Murphy's hand. Gilt lettering and device on spine panel dull, mottling to the cloth on the rear panel and the lower portion of the front panel. A small portrait & biography of Pemberton have been affixed to the front paste-down; overall, a very good, sound copy. Item #311513
¶ Emily Murphy (1868 - 1933) was a Canadian women's rights activist. In 1910, she was the first woman appointed to the board of Edmonton Hospital. In 1916, she became the first woman magistrate in Canada, and in the British Empire. She was also appointed as Judge of the Juvenile Court of Edmonton, hence is sometimes referred to as Judge Murphy. She is best known for her contributions to Canadian feminism, specifically to the question of whether women were "persons" under Canadian law. Victory in this important legal case resulted in women being eligible to stand for election as well as confirming her own right to serve on the bench. She campaigned for the 1917 Dower Act, which established that a wife has a legal entitlement to one-third of her husband's estate. From 1913 to 1920, she was President of the Canadian Women's Press Club. She is honored with a statue on Parliament Hill, Ottawa.