Women's History Month
In Canada, October is Women's History Month. After seeing Mary's blog entry I thought it would be nice to write a blog entry of three Canadian Women I admire who are currently making history.
Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin
Madam Justice Beverley McLachlin is the chief justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. She is the first woman to hold this position on a court that is well represented by women. It is her court that has ruled on many issues rising out of Canada Constitution and The Charter of Rights and Freedoms, affirming Canada as a more socially and politically society than our southern neighbour.
Canada should be proud that she has held this position on a court with several women. This contrasts with the American male dominated Supreme Court. It may be a long time before a women is the Chief Justice of the American Supreme Court.
Madame Justice Louise Arbour
Louise Arbour is one of the World's foremost international jurists. She was the lead jurist for the UN's Inmternational Tribunals for the genocide in Rwanda and the war crimes in the former Yugoslavia. She has been a very tough and ouspoken in pursuit of those wanted for war crimes. For a short while she sat on the Supreme Court of Canada, from which she resigned to answer a call to the United Nations as the U.N. High Commisioner for Human Rights. In this position she has been very outspoken on the criminal use of torture, for which John Bolton, the American Ambassador to the United States tried to give her a dressing down. Her tough style continues.
In Canada we first noticed her when as a jurist in Ontario she affirmed the right to vote by prisoners and later writing the damning report on the conditions in the Women's prison which resulted in a more progressive approach to incarcerating women in Canada..
The Right Honourable Michaelle Jean
Her Excellency The Right Honourable Michaelle Jean is Canada's Governor General and Commander -in-Chief, the ceremonial head of our government, the Queen's representative. She and her family were immigrants to Canada from Haiti. She is the first Afro-Caribbean woman to hold this post. She is a very accomplished woman who with style and grace carries out her duties and represents Canada well around the World.
These three women have come from diverse backgrounds that reflect Canada: Justice McLachlin is from rural cattle country Alberta, Louise Arbour is a francophone from Quebec who made her mark in all of Canada and the World and Governor General Jean was an immigrant.
Canada has had some remarkable women in its history. To read a little about them visit this site.
I particularly enjoyed the quotations from famous Canadian women. They certainly had some interesting things to say and ideas that came to change Canada for the best.