For International Women's Day, we'd like to share a few thoughts from Jean Samuel, our Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
International Women’s Day is rooted in the history of women around the world who struggled for the participation and inclusion of women in society on an equal footing as men. Toward the end of the 19th Century and the beginning of the 20th Century, the movement of women struggling for better working conditions and recognition of their fundamental rights and freedoms, which included the right to vote, became more prominent. The move for women to have the vote is believed to have officially started in 1897 when Millicent Fawcett founded the National Union of Women's Suffrage ("Suffrage" means the right to vote).
March 8 is the highlight of International Women's Week (IWW). Each year at this time, Canadians celebrate progress toward equality for women and their full participation, reflect on current challenges and consider future steps in achieving equality for all women, in all aspects of their lives. The Government of Canada's theme for 2018 is #MyFeminism (www.swc-cfc.gc.ca).
As we take the time on March 8th to reflect on some of the important women in our history, we invite you to take the time to reflect and celebrate your own personal achievements as women. For the men in our community, we invite you to reflect, to celebrate and appreciate the accomplishments of significant women in your life (your spouse, your mother, your sister, your aunt, your grandmother, etc.). Let’s celebrate our achievements not only as working women, but as women volunteers, as foster mothers, as adoptive mothers, and as homemakers. We too are determined, courageous and dedicated women striving to make a difference in the lives of children and families both personally and professionally. We may be diverse by our ethnicity, linguistics, culture, economics and social status but we are united in our celebration of women as makers of Canadian and world history!
Pictured right - Some of the amazing women leaders at Peel CAS.