October is Women’s History Month, a celebration of women’s achievements and a time to recognize the many ways that women and girls have shaped our history. This month-long commemoration includes International Day of the Girl on October 11 and Persons Day on October 18.
This year, we are recognizing that Canada is the extraordinary country that we know today Because of Her. Profiles of influential Canadian women or girls on the Status of Women Canada website will be posted.
The International Day of the Girl (October 11) recognizes girls and young women as powerful voices of change in their families, their communities and their nations. If you know a girl who’s working to make gender equality a reality, encourage her to share her story on social media using the hashtag #BecauseOfHer. (Above, I present you my daughter Kaila whom I’m very proud of!)
Persons Day (October 18) recognizes the historic decision to include women in the definition of “persons” under the law, which was handed down on October 18, 1929. It is a day to acknowledge that Canada’s democracy is stronger than ever because of the efforts of diverse women activists throughout our history.