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March 7, 2014

Celebrate International Women’s Day – March 8, 2014 

This Saturday, March 8, is International Women's Day. It was first recognized by the United Nations in 1975. On this day, Canada will join the rest of the world in recognizing the huge contribution that women have made to this country and the world.

Women in New Brunswick had to fight hard for the freedoms they now enjoy today and perhaps take for granted. The suffragette movement began in the mid-19th century, but it was not until 1919 that New Brunswick women were allowed to vote, and not until 1961 that they got the right to be paid the same as men for the same work.

Other forms of sex discrimination were only prohibited by means of an amendment to the Human Rights Act in 1971. At the time, there was no protection against sexual harassment; that came about as a result of court and tribunal decisions in the early 1980s. The Human Rights Act was amended in 1992 to prohibit pregnancy discrimination as a form of sex discrimination.

For further information, please check out the following links:

Women’s Equality Branch, Executive Council Office, New Brunswick:

New Brunswick Human Rights Commission: http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/news/news_release.2014.03.0215.html 

Status of Women Canada: http://swc-cfc.gc.ca/commemoration/iwd-jif/index-eng.html