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Mayor Bonnie Crombie’s International Women’s Day Statement 2015

Posted in Canada

Published on March 09, 2015 with No Comments

“International Women’s Day is an opportunity to remember, reflect on, and recognize the tremendous leadership demonstrated by generations of women who fought to secure the right to vote; equal rights in the workplace; and across-the-board equality and respect in society.

“The privilege I have to serve as mayor of Canada’s sixth largest city was made possible because of trailblazers like Emily Murphy and the Famous Five, who during the 20th Century fought so women could be recognized as full-fledge citizens and take leading roles in government and the development of public policy.

“I have always taken such great pride in the number of remarkable women who have leadership roles at Mississauga City Hall and throughout Peel Region.

“Today, I serve alongside five women on City Council. As well, Janice Baker, our Chief Administrative Officer, lead’s Mississauga’s municipal corporation and Peel Chief Jennifer Evans heads of one Canada’s largest police forces.

“And of course, my predecessor – Hurricane Hazel McCallion – remains an inspiration to all women serving in local government, and public office, everywhere.

“Mississauga and Peel are living proof that women continue to make important, lasting and positive inroads in society.

“Look beyond our own borders and you will find women making significant inroads at all levels of government as provincial and federal cabinet ministers; premiers; and members of the Supreme Court.

“Each year, International Women’s Day has a theme. This year’s theme is Make it Happen. This is a call to action. As a mother; a daughter; and with a young daughter of my own, these are strong words with real and significant meaning.

“I am reminded of what former US First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt once said: No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

“Each and every one of us – including all men – has a responsibility to mentor; support; inspire; and build the character and confidence of young women to help ensure their dreams become a reality.

“As I said, International Women’s Day is an opportunity to reflect on, and celebrate the achievements of women everywhere. It is also an opportunity to look toward the future, and the next generation of budding young female leaders who will transform their communities and our country for the better.

“I look forward to supporting them and to watch as their success and contributions unfold.”

 

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