So, a friend reminds me that this is Women’s History Month …
One could, I suppose go back a long way and talk about Bathsheba, the wife of King David (around 1000 BCE) and the Mother of King Soloman, or Wu Zetian, the powerful 7th century CE Chinese empress, or the Great Abbesses of medieval Europe like Hildegard von Bingen, but I prefer to focus on modern times and on women I know more about.
Just thinking about Canada, we must, surely, consider the ‘Famous Five‘ ~ Emily Murphy, Henrietta Muir Edwards, Nellie McClung, Louise Crummy McKinney and Irene Parlby, who brought the groundbreaking ‘Persons Case‘ through the courts in Canada and, finally, to the Judicial Council of Britain’s Privy Council, which was Canada’s (and the Empire’s) highest court because it all happened was before the Statutes of Westminster. We must also consider Veronica Foster, ‘“Ronnie” the Bren Gun Girl‘ who came to symbolize all those women who worked in factories and on farms to sustain Canada through the Second World War. We cannot forget Ellen Fairclough who was Canada’s firm woman cabinet minister nor Dr Roberta Bondar, Canada’s first female astronaut and Sénatrice Chantal Petitclerc, one of Canada;’s greatest ever athletes and now a public servant and a role model for all Canadians:
On a global level, who can forget Golda Meir, Indira Gandhi, Benazir Bhutto, Margaret Thatcher, Condoleezza Rice and the European Union’s current leader Ursula von der Leyen, they all made, and are still making history on the global stage:
Whether it is in politics, the arts, sports, music or science and industry, women, and especially Canadian women, make us all, men and women, proud and make us all strive to do better: