Law: Alice Jamieson

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Alice Jamieson
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Alice Jamieson (Herstory 1990) was appointed judge of the juvenile court in Calgary in 1914. She became the first woman in Canada and in the British Empire, appointed to a court. In 1916, a short time after Emily Murphy's appointment in Edmonton, she also was appointed magistrate of the women's court.

Not surprisingly, there was opposition to her appointment. As Alice later commented:

When I first assumed my duties in the police court, with cold shoulders greeting me on every hand, I said to myself, "I don't know why I ever came here--l don't have to do this" and then I drew myself up and said "well, I'm here and I'm going to stay."

Alice was active in a number of women's organizations including the suffrage movement, the Calgary Council of Women and the YWCA. She also worked hard to get women elected to public office.

Being a fairly able-bodied woman, I would prefer to open the carriage door myself and be given a fair deal in the laws of my country and the right to vote for such changes in those laws as I happen to see fit.
(Francis Marion Beynon, 1913)

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