HUGHES MARKS INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY AT WORK: CAN’T TAKE PAST VICTORIES FOR GRANTED

OTTAWA – Carol Hughes is celebrating International Women’s Day at work, an everyday occurrence that captures the spirit of the day and highlights some of the key historical victories of the women’s movement.

“One hundred years ago women didn’t have the vote. Today, I sit in Parliament with many talented women from diverse backgrounds,” said Hughes from her West Block Office. “Young girls growing up today will have no experience of a parliament with very few women and I think that’s an important shift in our culture.”

Hughes is quick to remind that despite many historic gains the work is clearly not done. “There are many challenges that remain and it is important for women not to accept an incomplete job.”

“It comes down to choices,” states Hughes. “We saw how in the last few years the Court Challenges Program was shelved, how the majority of stimulus spending went to male dominated work and we have to remind ourselves these are choices made by our government. We have to ask ourselves, would a government that had equal representation at the cabinet table make the same choices?”

2010 marks the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day. The theme for this year’s celebration is Equal rights, equal opportunities: Progress for all. Hughes is encouraging people to attend celebrations and events being held throughout the riding.

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