As the father of two young daughters, I want them to be able to grow up in a society where equality and fairness thrive. A world where the gender wage gap is eliminated and where glass ceilings are shattered. I want them to know there should be no limit to their opportunities and potential because of their gender.
That’s the kind of fair, equal and compassionate society that I, along with the staff in your union, are trying to create for all as we celebrate Women’s History Month this October.
Observed since 1992, Women’s History Month is also about commemorating the incredible contributions women have made to our union and our country. It is about remembering the unwavering courage and determination of women like Emily Murphy, Irene Parlby, Nellie McClung, Louise McKinney and Henrietta Edward. On October 18, 1929, their efforts ensured women were finally included in the legal definition of “persons.” This historic occasion led to the Canadian government choosing October as Women’s History Month.
At UFCW Canada Local 1006A, we are proud of the tremendous contributions of women who have helped shape and build our workplaces, union and our country. From the shop floor to the bargaining table, we are stronger today as a union and as a society because of the activism, leadership and hardwork of UFCW Canada Local 1006A women.
While we have made significant progress, there is still a long road to go to achieving equality. In non-unionized workplaces, the gender pay gap remains. For racialized, immigrant, aboriginal women and women with disabilities, the pay gap is even greater. We must work together to end discrimination and create opportunities for all women. We must continue to push for publicly funded child care so women and families can thrive.
Change is possible and this October, I encourage you to take some time to observe Women’s History Month and together, let us build a fairer and more equal world for all.
President, UFCW Canada Local 1006A