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We are proud to announce our annual International Women’s Day breakfast being held on Wednesday, March 8, 2017.  The message and theme internationally is Be Bold for Change.  Millions of people around the world come together to celebrate the achievements and recognition of women.

This year we have the honour to hear Dr. Suzanne Kearns, Associate Professor, University of Waterloo.  Past-President for the University Aviation Association (UAA).

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Dr. Kearns is an Associate Professor at University of Waterloo, in Geography and Environmental Management.  Dr. Kearns has an in-depth career in the field of Commercial Aviation Management.  A commercial helicopter pilot and airplane pilot. She is the past president for the University Aviation Association (UAA), as well as, being an accomplished author, wife and mother of three children.  Dr. Kearns has roots in this region and she will take us on her journey encountering the barriers she encountered in a typically male dominated field.

Be Bold for Change

Call on the masses or call on yourself to help forge a better working world — a more gender inclusive world.  What if the world truly stepped up to take bold action? Will you #BeBoldForChange on International Women’s Day 2017 by taking ground-breaking action that truly drives the greatest change for women.

Join Us for an event you won’t want to miss!

Registration:  7:30 am           Breakfast: 7:45 am

Where:  Best Western, 1800 2nd Ave. E., Owen Sound

Register HERE — Sorry event is SOLD OUT!

For additional information please contact:  info@thewomenscentre.org; or call 519-376-0755 ext. 103

Cost:  $20.00 Adult or $10 Student/Youth Rate (18 years of age of under)

This is an event you won’t want to miss!  The last three years our International Women’s Day breakfasts have been sold out.

International Women’s Day History:

International Women’s Day is a day that allows all of us to stop and think about the progress of women’s equality and the barriers and challenges still faced.  At the same time to look forward into the future.

The origins of IWD (International Women’s Day) come from women working in clothing and textile factories in New York City who protested against their working conditions and low wages back on March 8, 1857.  The police attacked the women and dispersed them.  Two years later, the women formed their first labour union to try and protect their rights in the work force.  On March 8, 1908 these women protested again, demanding shorter work hours, better pay, voting rights and an end to child labour.  They adopted the slogan “Bread and Roses” to symbolize economic security (bread) and a better quality of life (roses).  For 100+ years, women and their supporters have rallied for better working conditions, child care, and better pay.

The first International Women’s Day was held in 1909. Thousands of events occur to mark this day in history.  Don’t you want to be part of history in our area? 

Community Partner:  Business Enterprise Centre

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