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Gender-Balance in Federal Cabinet
November 4, 2015

For the first time in Canadian history, the cabinet of the federal government of Canada included an equal number of women and men. Justin Trudeau, leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, became Prime Minister of Canada, and his new cabinet included 15 women and 15 men.

Liberal Government Cabinet 2015

Woman on the Waterfront: Halifax
Nov. 3, 2015

The Halifax Women's History Society (HWHS) has launched a national campaign for the first monument to women in Halifax.

Women on the Waterfront Halifax The HWHS is honoring the work of women volunteers during the Second World War by launching a project to erect a monument on the Halifax waterfront.

"There are no monuments to actual women in history in Halifax and very few in Canada," says HWHS Chair Janet Guildford. "We want to begin to correct this imbalance in public art by honoring the astounding amount of volunteer work done by women during the Second World War.

"There are more than 100 statutes, cairns and plaques in Halifax. Fewer than a dozen are of women, and most of them are from mythology," says Guildford. "We are launching a campaign to change this with our Woman on the Waterfront (WOW) project."

Using the tagline, "It's Time for a Woman on the Waterfront," the project's goal is to place the monument, The Volunteers/Les Bénévoles, near the busy walkway on the Halifax waterfront. It has already secured a location from the Port of Halifax and near the Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market.

The launch of the WOW campaign, on Oct. 29, marks a fund-raising effort. The Society has a lead gift of $100,000 from an anonymous donor and hopes to raise another $650,000. It aims to unveil the monument in 2017.

During the First and Second World Wars, women gave hours of volunteer service. They provided nursing care, respite and hospitality. They worked, often unpaid, for national organizations such as the Red Cross, the St. John Ambulance and the IODE. They organized canteens, cooked and served thousands of meals, made bandages and surgical dressings, knitted scarves and mittens, made quilts, arrange blood donor drives, collected salvage and raised money — all in support of the war effort.

For more information on the Society and its Woman on the Waterfront project, go to: http://halifaxwomenshistory.ca/

For more information:
Mary Somers
Communication Chair
HWHS and WOW Project
902 2092970M


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