Next week, the Legislative Assembly of Ontario will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote in this province. To mark the occasion, the provincial government invited young women between the ages of 18 -30 to submit applications to participate in a unique one day program, called “A Remarkable Assembly” in Toronto. From these applications, one woman from each of the 107 provincial ridings was selected and given the chance to represent their community, meet prominent female politicians and figures in Ontario, as well as experiencing provincial parliament in action. The goal of the program is to empower and inspire young women from across the province to become engaged and active citizens.
I am very proud to have been selected to represent Niagara-West Glanbrook on this occasion. I look forward to meeting with the incredible women who will be gathered at Queen’s Park for this event.
If you’re interested in learning more about the history of women’s suffrage in Ontario, visit the Legislative Assembly of Ontario’s website for a brief primer on this important historical achievement.
Written by Karen Shedden.
*Pictured above are women participating in a rally in Port Arthur in 1914. While the male protestors are advocating for an eight hour work day, the female protestors are demonstrating on behalf of women’s suffrage*