Grannies Jane, Molly, Ann and Anita at one of the International Women’s Day celebrations held around Barrie on March 8. This event was held in support of the Women’s & Children’s Shelter of Barrie, at the Army, Navy and Air Force club on George Street. A program of music, song and dance by talented local women was em-ceed by Barrie’s own comedienne Andrea Murray.
Guest speaker Col. Tammy Harris (and how appropriate was that, given the venue?), Commander of CFB Base Borden, shared the speaker’s platform with three other women in leadership roles at the base. Against a background photo-stream of women in action in all areas of the armed forces, these four confident women reminded us that women are second to no-one, in ability, stature and rank.
There is still a lot of work to be done, even in enlightened Canada, before women are safe from violence. Before women and men earn the same for doing the same job. Before women enjoy full equality. But we’re well on our way. Looking back over time we see how far women have come, how much we have achieved already, and of course we can keep going until we succeed. And we will.