This year marks the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage (women’s right to vote). The journey for women’s rights, including the right to own property, to take out a mortgage or open a bank account, has been a long one.
Throughout history, women have been fighting for equality. In 1755, women in Corsica were able to vote, only for it to be revoked in 1768. And in 1776, women in New Jersey also had the right to vote, only to be excluded in 1807.
In Canada, the Famous Five sought to have women legally considered ‘PERSONS’ granting women the opportunity to be appointed to the Senate in 1929. Outside the Senate, in the National Parliament Buildings, statues of The Famous Five stand tall.
There have been so many incredible Canadian women who have fought for our rights and inclusion in male-dominated professions. Some of these groundbreaking women are Cairine Wilson (1st female Senator), Mary Ellen Smith (1st women Cabinet Minister in the British Empire), Mary Ann Shadd (1st black female newspaper Editor), Emily Howard Stowe (1st female practicing Doctor).
In honour of the 100th year of Women’s Suffrage, we should all spend some time to learn more about these courageous women that persevered giving us some of the rights and freedoms we have today.
BPW stands for equal rights, working in balance, for both men and women, for a better future.
Your new president,