International Women’s Day

UPDATED March 8, 2021 10:16amET

Daughters of the Vote 2021

Federal party leaders, former prime minister Kim Campbell, and House of Commons Speaker Anthony Rota are among those who deliver remarks to delegates attending the third edition of Daughters of the Vote.

The gathering, which coincides with International Women’s Day, is organized by Equal Voice Canada with the goal of inspiring young women to participate in politics. The event’s 338 delegates are young women each representing a federal riding.

This year’s event is being held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic:


Over a century ago, International Women’s Day emerged from a desire for fair treatment on both the paycheque and the ballot.

The modern version, held every March 8, now features lectures, rallies, and workshops aimed at building equality for women around the world.

How International Women’s Day was born in the early 20th century:

International Women’s Day has its roots in the labour and socialist movements of the early 1900s.

But the Canadian struggle for equal rights and representation goes back even further.

Have a look below at more than two centuries of history!

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