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  • February 14, 1981: women’s constitution conference

    by Penney Kome | Feb 6, 2001

    Does Valentine’s Day, 1981, ring a bell? Many women in Canada will remember the day when they gathered in Ottawa, Ontario, for the women’s constitutional conference, the first public conference ever held in Parliament buildings to discuss Canada’s new constitution. On that day, and in the excitement that followed, they, with thousands of other women across Canada who spoke up and took action, changed the history of Canada. read more

  • Older Women’s Network (OWN)

    by Ann Farrell | Mar 21, 2000

    Started in 1987 following a public campaign asking for stories of abuse from being an older woman, the OWN has since become a lively, organization. Dedicated to the wisdom older women bring the world, OWN focuses on finding a voice for women over 55, and has initiated many studies and opened up branches across the country. read more

  • women take the right to vote

    May 30, 1997

    In 1960, a crucial legal victory for Canadian women was stamped into law. This was the year that all women (above the age of 18), regardless of race, class and citizenship, could vote in elections. Following is a history of voting, beginning with the first federal election in 1867, through the other advancements made by women over this period, and up to the historic date of 1960. read more

  • Garment Workers

    Mar 17, 1997

    Wherever they work, garment workers tend to be poorly paid, often at or below subsistence level. Many must work long hours to meet production deadlines. In factories, women and children often work in appalling conditions, with little or no protection from health hazards; homeworkers face injuries and chronic conditions. read more

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  • October 18, 1929: Persons Case

    This is a hugely important date in the legal history of women as it marks the moment Canada’s women added, “persons of right and privilege” to their standing of “persons in matters of pains and penalties.” This is a story about the process, led by Emily Murphy from 1916–1927, when the petition was signed to reconsider the definition of women, to the monumental day in 1929. Since then, the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund has continued to press for changes to laws that affect women. read more