In genealogy we're often reminded that half of our ancestors are women. Women pull more than their weight in family history circles. For instance, 60% of the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa members are women (or were when I last compiled figures several years ago), and seven of 10 members of its current Board members.
Cheap shots by some, like former Ottawa mayor Charlotte Whitton's "Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult," are unfortunate as they tend to demean the contribution of that other half of our ancestors. The world would be an empty place without either.
Today, October 18 is 'Persons Day' in Canada. It commemorates the legal ruling in the 'Famous Five,' case where a group of women progressives from Alberta where successful in having the constitutional term 'persons' recognized as applying equally to man and women.
So what is special about this October 18? A new archival website is launched by the Alberta Women's Memory Project. You'll find much of the advice it contains applicable to all 'persons'.