Canadian women at the top of their games

March 8 is International Women’s Day and in honour of that day we’ve compiled a list of Canadian women worthy of note. Because no list is exhaustive, we know there are many names we’ve left off. Add your thoughts on who should have been included on our Facebook page.

International Women’s Day began in the United States during the industrial revolution as women fought for increased wages, shorter working hours and the right to vote. The first Women’s Day was held there on Feb. 28, 1909. The rest of the world followed the next year. During a conference for working women in Copenhagen, it was suggested that Women’s Day should be celebrated annually and won unanimous approval.

Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland were the first countries to officially mark International Women’s day in 1911. Slowly, more countries have joined the movement. March 8 has marked International Women’s Day since 1913. However, this date was solidified in 1977 when the United Nations adopted a resolution marking March 8 as International Women’s Day.

To this day, numerous countries, such as Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Cuba, Mongolia and Russia, among many others, honour the day with a holiday. In several of these countries, men present their mothers, wives, girlfriends and other females with flowers or small gifts.

Canada marks each year with a theme and this year, Canada is honouring the women in the rural, remote and Northern regions of the country.

To find events in your city, visit the International Women’s Day website.

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