In Canada, Women’s History Month is celebrated every October – however it is observed in the United States, Australia and United Kingdom during the month of March. This year’s theme is “Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to Be Silenced” and will focus on women’s political involvement and leadership. Globally, women continue to face challenges ranging from gender discrimination to gender-based violence. As Canadians, this is our opportunity to continue to support women globally and celebrate their strength, resiliency and courage.
Women were (and continue to be) deeply and negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many women enduring violence and abuse found themselves further isolated and at greater risk of danger due to government restrictions imposed to slow the rate of COVID-19. Coupling an increase in women’s risk, is the increase in childcare, home-schooling and household tasks. Women also continue to face employment disparity and economic upheaval.
Collectively recognizing these disparities and intentionally taking time to celebrate and embrace the strength and resiliency of women is one important step towards true equality. Women continue to make history – from Marie Curie to Kamala Harris, women’s contributions have significantly shaped our lives. If you are not sure where to start, take the time to read 21 Women’s History Month Facts.
Regardless of your country of origin – we can all take the time to celebrate the women in our lives.
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