As Canadians celebrate International Women’s Week, we take note of the many substantial advances women have achieved politically, socially and economically – and acknowledge the ongoing struggle to challenge the prejudice girls and women confront each day.
This also marks Women of Aviation Worldwide Week, and an occasion for Canada to celebrate women’s contributions to aviation and aerospace in the 50 years since the first woman travelled to space. As part of its valuable advocacy and education work, the Institute for Women of Aviation Worldwide is ensuring that roughly 3,000 girls and women will have the opportunity this week to interact with women involved in space exploration.
With such a small number of women involved in this important profession, it is very difficult for our daughters to find female role models.
And while NASA is enthusiastically supporting initiatives to improve gender-equality in aerospace, the Harper Conservatives have been less than proactive in assisting with efforts to include women in this week’s events.
On the 50th anniversary of women in space, we need to be encouraging young Canadian girls – our children – to reach their dreams and potential.
We need to demand basic respect for women, in all facets of society and in all professions. It has been just over a century since the first woman received her pilot’s license. Today, regrettably, we see that women’s equality in this leading industry has not improved nearly as much as it should have.
On this International Women’s Week, let’s choose to inspire Canadian girls and women.
Liberal Industry critic