International Women’s Day (March 8th) a day to recognize women’s achievements and acknowledge the challenges they continue to face in the quest for gender equality.
For anyone not clear on what that is or why it is observed, keep keeping.
International Women’s Day celebrates women’s achievements throughout history, around the world.
It’s also meant to inspire women to recognize their professional, political and entrepreneurial goals and imposes a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
This year the theme is #PressforProgress. Use that hashtag on social media to share your thoughts.
In Manitoba we have a lot to be proud of in terms of women making an impact.
You may have heard the name Nellie McClung… She lived in Manitoba for nearly 35 years and began her campaign to get Manitoba women the vote in 1912. In 1916 Manitoba became the first province to grant women this right.
The ‘Famous Five’, Nellie McClung along with Emily Murphy, Henrietta Muir Edwards, Louise McKinney and Irene Parlby, made their mark a decade later when they asked the Supreme Court to define what “persons” were under the BNA Act. The definition to that point meant ‘males’ which kept women from voting or holding public office. In the end, they won their appeal to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council and on October 18, 1929 the definition of persons was changed to include both men and women.
In 2003 the Nellie McClung Foundation was created through a private member’s bill to educate the public about the work of the Famous Five and women’s issues in general. The starting off point was the creation of a public monument.
This morning on The HOT Show with Kirby & AJ we had the pleasure of sitting down with Cst. Tammy Skrabek from the Winnipeg Police Service.
Who better to represent International Women’s Day than a woman who works in a predominantly male dominated industry, puts her life on the line to keep our city safe & serves as an inspiration to women looking to get into the Police Service.
Listen to the full interview with Cst. Skrabek here…