International Women’s Day: Minister Aheer
Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women Leela Sharon Aheer issued the following statement on International Women’s Day:
“On International Women’s Day, we join countries around the world to celebrate women and all of their accomplishments.
“Alberta has a strong history of women paving the way for future generations. We have women like the Famous Five, who fought for women to be included as ‘persons’ in law; and Nellie Carlson, a founding member and president of Indian Rights for Indian Women, an organization founded to work for the repeal of discriminatory sections of the Indian Act; and Rosella Bjornson, from Lethbridge, who was the first female pilot for a commercial airline in North America; and Violet King Henry, who shattered the glass ceiling by becoming the first Black female lawyer in Canada. It is thanks to their determination and spirit that women are able to have the opportunities we have today.
“But International Women’s Day isn’t just about the women who make headlines and history. This is about all women. This is about the business owners and female entrepreneurs who are the backbone of our economy. This is about the unpaid, and often unrecognized, work women do at home to make sure their families and communities are happy and healthy. And the advocates who volunteer their time, skills or leadership to charities and organizations aiming to make life better for all.
“We need to collectively cheer on these women. Their contributions to our economy and society are why Alberta is a great place to live, work and raise a family.
“Let’s reflect on our mothers, our grandmothers, our daughters, our sisters, our aunties, our friends and our mentors, and all the amazing women in our lives, and celebrate them. Not just on International Women’s Day, but every day of the year. When we cheer on women and empower them to reach their full potential, we build a stronger, more diverse and inclusive Alberta.
“Happy International Women’s Day!” (pr)