The beginning of October marks the start of Women’s History Month, and AUPE is celebrating the occasion with a message of thanks to women in the union who make it the strong force it is today for working people province-wide.
“Sisters, I thank you for the hard work and dedication you show when it comes to advocating for labour, social justice and fairness through our union’s numerous committees and avenues,” said AUPE Vice-President Sandra Azocar, who is chair of the union’s Women’s Committee.
“Your voices are loud, your actions are strong, and your will cannot be shaken, you are what it means to be a ‘strong union woman’ and you should be proud,” she added.
Azocar notes that women have a lot to be proud of today, “we have come along way from the days prior to women’s suffrage, which gave women the right to vote. We have heroes like Alberta’s own Famous Five, and Ontario’s Agnes Macphail who became the first woman elected to Parliament in 1921 to look up to as we continue to push for greater equality. Many more female heroes are being created right now and although we have advanced significantly, our struggle continues.”
October was proclaimed Women’s History Month by the federal government in 1992. It provides the opportunity for Canadians to learn more about the important contributions of women and girls to Canadian society.
As AUPE celebrates, it is also using Women’s History Month to encourage even more women to join the union and become active members.
“We invite you to explore the advantages of belonging to AUPE, and the returns it can give you and your family,” said Azocar.
For more information on Women’s History Month, click the link below.