- October is Women’s History month in Canada and includes:
- October 11 is International Day of the Girl.
- October 18 is Persons Day in Canada.
In 1992, the Government of Canada designated October as Women’s History Month, marking the beginning of an annual month-long celebration of the outstanding achievements of women throughout Canada’s history.
This year’s theme for Women’s History Month is Make an impact, in honour of the courageous women and girls who have made a lasting impact as pioneers in their fields. They have helped shape Canada into a thriving, diverse and prosperous country through their achievements and desire to make a difference.
International Day of the Girl is a United Nations observance day dedicated to championing girls’ rights around the world, including freedom from violence and abuse, as well as equal opportunities in areas such as law, education, nutrition and health care. This year, the UN is drawing attention to the role economic empowerment plays in promoting equality for girls, specifically through improved access to education, increased political participation and leadership, and better support and training for girls in STEM.
Persons Day marks a pivotal moment in Canadian history: the day in 1929 when the legal definition of “persons” was changed to include women. The decision in the Persons Case signaled a turning point in the quest for equal rights in Canada, giving women the right to be appointed to the Senate and paving the way for their increased participation in public and political life.