By Jenneth Hogan
As most of you know March 8th was International Women’s Day. Marked as a celebration of respect, appreciation, and love towards women it was created as a day for empowerment and a chance to commemorate women around the globe for their economic, political, and social achievements. This year marks the 39th official celebration of International Women’s Day since its declaration by the UN in 1977, although some of the earliest Women’s Day events date back to 1909.
Women’s rights and gender equality issues have a deep history around the world and Canada is no exception. We have put together a timeline with a small sampling of that history in an effort to highlight some of the major events, challenges and triumphs met by the women of our country. Although the road to gender equality is a long and winding one, you can easily see how far we’ve come and how far we’re willing to go.