On Oct. 18, 1929, the Persons Case — a constitutional victory — decided that women were lawful persons and eligible to sit in the Canadian Senate.
Now, in honour of the Persons Case, October is recognized as Women’s History Month in Canada. Since that time, women in Canada and around the world have courageously continued to advocate for their rights.
As your representative in the legislature, I have the absolute pleasure of meeting many constituents from our community. And in honour of Women’s History Month, I must commend the incredible young women we are raising in Burrows, as well as their caregivers. They are passionate about education, healthy living, personal development, giving back to their communities and making every moment count.
I have been fortunate to meet many girls from Burrows through their involvement with local groups like the Winnipeg Aboriginal Sport Achievement Centre, Gilbert Park, Elwick Village, North Winnipeg Nomads, Wayfinders, and ethnic and human rights organizations. As tutors, volunteers and siblings, these young women are leaders in the community, inspiring the next generation to follow their path.
In this capacity, they help teach school subjects, social skills and responsibility. They are skilled and talented in many different ways, represent great diversity and have a variety of interests. They want to pursue careers in engineering, business, teaching, sports and health.
The main thing I have learned from these young women is that they place no limits on their futures. Despite those who still hold on to gendered expectations of what women can or cannot do, they are ready to do what it takes to realize their dreams.
With strong local and international role models, including Winnipeg’s very own Hannah Taylor and Pakistan’s Malala Yousafzai, I am confident that our young women will continue making Burrows, Winnipeg, Manitoba and Canada better places to live, learn and grow. And quite honestly, Hannah, Malala and the young women in my community are an inspiration to me, too. They regularly remind me why I entered the political realm in the first place: to be an agent of change.
To get in touch with me, please give me a call at 204-421-9414. You can also stay up-to-date with what I’m working on in Burrows by visiting www.melaniewight.ca or www.facebook.com/melaniewightmla