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Intl Women’s Day: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

March 8th is lauded as International Women’s Day the world over. Rightfully so. It is a day to celebrate the contributions of women, to highlight areas where progress continues to be made regarding rights and a push for equality, and to advocate for further gains.

Leanne Shumka, AESES-UW Vice-President, will be presenting on the topic of ‘Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: Female Canadian Labour Organizers,’ as part of this year’s recognition of International Women’s Day. As a historian, Leanne will speak on noted Canadian women labour organizers, focusing on the early and mid-twentieth century. First, she will share a summary of Manitoba’s own notorious Mrs. Armstrong’s early twentieth century labour organizing activities. This will be followed by an introduction to early twentieth century union organizer Annie Buller. An overview of the mid-twentieth century activities of CCU co-founder, Madeleine Parent, who has been called one of the finest labour organizers in our country’s history, will conclude the presentation. An open group discussion will follow, asking, ‘What motivates you to be involved in, or motivated you to attend this event on, women’s labour and union activities? What motivates you to be involved in women’s rights, social justice, labour, and union activities in general?’

Join us on Sunday, March 8, 2020! Learn more about Canada’s labour presence, built upon the previous work of Mrs. Armstrong, Annie Buller, and Madeleine Parent. Leanne Shumka will be leading the discussion and AESES President, Laurie Morris, will provide the welcome and opening remarks.

The talk is slated for 1:30-4:00 PM. We will be meeting at Harrow United Church, at 955 Mulvey Ave. Free street parking is available. Light refreshments will be served. No RSVPs are required; simply show up and feel free to bring along any other interested history buffs or labour supporters. See the event poster for more information.

This year’s IWD global theme is #EachforEqual Where, ‘An equal world is an enabled world. Collectively, each one of us can help create a gender equal world.’

Event Details
Presenter: Leanne Shumka, AESES-UW Vice-President
Topic: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: Female Canadian Labour Organizer
Introduction: Laurie Morris, AESES President
Date: Sunday, March 8, 2020
Time: 1:30-4:00 PM
Location: Harrow United Church, 955 Mulvey Ave
Cost: No charge

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