International women’s Day 2015
Sunday was International Women’s Day! Celebrated in countries around the world since 1909, Women’s Day is a day set aside to recognize women’s achievements – both past and present – and to honour the women who fought tirelessly for gender equality without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political. International Women’s Day was born from the activities and perseverance of the labour movement at the turn of the twentieth century in North America and across Europe. Since its establishment, International Women’s Day has grown exponentially each year, assuming a new global dimension for women in developed and developing countries.
Union Marketing would like to take a moment to recognize the Canadian female pioneers throughout history such as Grace Hartman, the first woman to hold a top national union job in Canada as CUPE’s Secretary Treasurer. It is women like Grace who have paved the way for events and initiatives like CUPE’s first National Women’s Conference, which was first held in 1984. We would also like to acknowledge those strong and independent women within the current labour movement whom Union Marketing has had the pleasure to work alongside since our inception. You have not only been pillars of strength within your own locals, but a true inspiration to the women of Union Marketing as well. We look forward to our future endeavors together and wholeheartedly thank you for all your dedication and hard work.