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It’s astounding to think that it wasn’t until 1960 that all women in Canada were given the right to vote in federal elections. And it wasn’t until 1971 (just a little over 50 years ago) that the Canadian Labour Code was amended to include prohibition of discrimination on the grounds of sex and marital status, to reinforce the principle of equal pay for equal work, and provide for 17 weeks of maternity leave.

On International Women’s Day this Friday, March 8, and every day, CUPE celebrates women’s union activism that supports continued efforts for equality.

CUPE women have always been at the forefront of the fight for gender justice. At the bargaining table, through political action and on the picket lines, women are showing leadership and building solidarity. We are using our collective power to fight for stronger public services, fair wages, and better working conditions.

Women are still far more likely to be subjected to violence and harassment, especially if they are also young, persons with disabilities, Black, Indigenous or trans. CUPE women are working to end gender-based violence in all its forms – at work, at home, and in our own union.

As we fight for women’s rights, we recognize that all struggles for human rights are interconnected. Solidarity is a powerful tool, and we unite with women across the globe demanding peace and a more just world.


To learn about more International Women’s Day events around the Capital Region, visit: