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October is Women's History Month

Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Categories: Great Things, Happenings @ TDSB

October is Women's History Month in celebration of the "Person's Case." In October of 1929, the British Judicial Committee of the Privy Council overturned the earlier Canadian Supreme Court Decision and declared women "persons under the law" and eligible to be appointed to the senate. It must be also acknowledged that women's participation in politics has been limited by race as well as by sex. When the franchise was extended to women in 1921, it excluded most women of colour; Chinese women, "Hindu" or East Indian women, Japanese women - weren't allowed to vote until 1949 and most Indigenous women were unable to vote until 1960.

What about today? For example, Statistics Canada data states that the gender wage gap continues to see women earning about 70% of what men earn on average annually and Indigenous women continue to earn a salary that is about 50% of the national average. On average, every six days a woman in Canada is killed by her intimate partner and Indigenous women are eight times more likely to be killed by their intimate partner than non-Aboriginal women, while 60% of women with a disability experience some form of violence. In addition, trans women continue to face discrimination and obstacles to health care, education, housing and employment.

Yet, women continue to be on the front lines of social justice, creating positive change in their lives, their communities, in Canada and the world!


October is an occasion to both celebrate victories and recognize the inequalities that still exist, while reaffirming our commitment to achieving full equality and social justice for all women in Canada and the world.


The United Nations declared October 11, 2012, the world's first International Day of the Girl. This day aims to make a difference in the lives of girls and young women as citizens and powerful voices for change within their families, their communities and their nations.


The Toronto District School Board affirms its recognition of WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH and the International Day of The Girl.

Resources and information about The Day of the Girl Can be Found Here:

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