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Olympic athlete Hughes stands in Elmwood's newly renamed Clara Hughes Recreation Park.

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Olympic athlete Hughes stands in Elmwood's newly renamed Clara Hughes Recreation Park. Photo Store

Clara Hughes is a great athlete and she deserves to have a park named after her (Honour of Olympic proportion, Oct. 16). But this does highlight a glaring issue.

According to the City of Winnipeg website, there are over 65 parks named after men and just 16 named after women. This is problematic because we are not adequately honouring the work of countless women in our community that make it what it is today.

This is a clear example of gender inequality and it is exemplified in our green spaces and places of recreation.

These parks are shared spaces of play and leisure for all members of our community. So it is important to properly honour and recognize all contributors of Winnipeg, men and women.

CHELSEA HIEBERT

Steinbach

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 17, 2013 A14

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