President’s Message: Be Bold for Change

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March 8, 2017, marks International Women’s Day and the theme for 2017 is “Be Bold for Change”. It is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to actionfor challenging many issues that women still face today despite the progress we have made. So how can we #BeBoldforChangeThe International Women’s Day website has listed the areas in which action is needed and various ways you can make a difference. So, which area will you target and how will you do it? I challenge all of us to make a pledge to one action we can accomplish on that list and post it with the #BeBoldForChange hashtag on social media on March 8th. Even if you think it is a small action it can cause a ripple that turns into the tidal wave we need to make difference.

Our Women Empowerment Principles Committee and BPW Saskatoon will be celebrating International Women’s Day March 7, 2017 with a dinner reception at the University of Saskatchewan Faculty Club followed by a private tour of Sisters United Exhibit at the Diefenbaker Canada Centre.

“Sisters United: Women’s Suffrage in Saskatchewan tells the stories of women who led the movement that resulted in the achievement of the provincial franchise in 1916. Within a rapidly changing society, these suffragists were agents of change whose efforts were the first steps toward women’s equity rights, greater social reform and political justice in Saskatchewan. Through narrative text, artifacts, images, documents, newspaper articles, and the use of multimedia, we will explore the history of women’s enfranchisement in the province”

This event will show you just how far we have come towards women equality and how these women were being Bold for Change. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate this day than being surrounded by the women who helped shape the women’s suffrage movement in Saskatchewan as well as the current women who are making a difference today. You can purchase your ticket by clicking here until Friday, March 3, 2017.