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Justice, law and diplomacy:

Beverley McLachlin – Only seven months after being sworn in as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada,Beverley McLachlin was appointed to Chief Justice of Canada in 2000. She is the first woman in Canada to hold this position.

Louise Arbour – A native of Montreal, Louise Arbour is best known as a chief prosecutor for the tribunals into the 1994 Rwandan genocide and the human rights abuses in Yugoslavia in the 1990s. In 2004, she left the Supreme Court of Canada to become the new high commissioner for human rights at the United Nations.

Adrienne Clarkson – Adrienne Clarkson was sworn in on Oct. 7, 1999 as the 26th Governor General of Canada. In this position, she brought attention to the courage and commitment of Canada’s Armed Forces by visiting troops in Kosovo, Persian Gulf and Afghanistan. Since leaving Rideau Hall, she has founded the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, which assists new immigrants adapt to a Canadian lifestyle.

Michaelle Jean – Michaelle Jean was the first black woman to serve as Governor General. She was sworn in on Sept. 27, 2005. She used her position in office to advance human rights, support the arts and draw attention to socio-economic problems. Since her time as Governor General, she has become UNESCO’s special envoy to Haiti and founded the Michaelle Jean Foundation to assist underprivileged youth in rural and northern Canada.

Pamela Wallin – Pamela Wallin was appointed to the Senate of Canada in 2008. She is currently the chair of the Senate’s National Security and Defence Committee and serves on the Veterans Affairs subcommittee and the Special Committee on Anti-terrorism. Her career path that started in journalism has also included time as a diplomat and entrepreneur.

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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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