Share your stories during Women’s History Month
Women who have contributed to the social, political, and historical fabric of Prince Edward Island will be celebrated throughout October.
Women’s History Month showcases the achievements of women and girls throughout Canada’s history and those who continue to shape our country. The provincial government will share stories throughout the month of Island women -- mothers, students, activists, political leaders, and entrepreneurs -- who have broken-down barriers and advanced the cause of equality. Islanders can share their own stories on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #ClaimYourPlace.
“Countless women have influenced our way of life in the 150 years since Confederation, but not all their stories are remembered or have been told,” said Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy Minister Paula Biggar, who is minister responsible for the Status of Women. “During Women’s History Month, we want to honour the pioneers who have helped make our Island mighty and encourage our youth to make their mark in history.”
October 11 is International Day of the Girl, which is devoted to helping girls across the world achieve a life where they can benefit from clean water, adequate food, good education and supportive communities. Persons Day on October 18 celebrates the landmark 1929 court case Edwards v. Canada (AG) – known as the Persons Case -- which decided that women were legally considered “persons” and eligible to sit in the Canadian Senate.
“The historical contributions of women in Prince Edward Island, Canada, and the world have been largely hidden or ignored,” said Mari Basiletti, chair of the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women. “We women and girls need to hear about women who have made a positive difference, and who are role models to inspire us to lead and reach our full potential.
“Women’s History Month gives us all a chance to celebrate the many wonderful women in our communities, our province, and our country,” Basiletti said, “and it is great to see the Government of Prince Edward Island take a lead in getting these stories out to the public.”