Women from Nova Scotia were recognized and celebrated today, March 7, at Government House in Halifax with the women’s legacy reception and a book launch.
The event was held to mark International Women’s Day, which is Saturday, March 8, held annually around the world to honour the contributions of women to society.
“I am delighted to host this wonderful celebration of women’s achievements and outstanding contributions to the province,” said Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant. “This International Women’s Day, I encourage all Nova Scotians to learn more about the pioneering women in our communities who have had a profound impact on our history and whose legacies continue to inspire us.”
Lt.-Gov. Grant was joined by Joanne Bernard, Minister responsible for the Advisory Council on the Status of Women.
“International Women’s Day is an important day for all Nova Scotians to reflect on the issues facing women and celebrate the achievements made by, and for, women,” said Ms. Bernard. “The province is committed to addressing issues and barriers in the workplace, at home, at school and in society in general, and to help ensure that all women realize their full potential.”
Lt.-Gov. Grant and Ms. Bernard launched The Nova Scotia Nine. The book, by Joanne Wise, is a collection of biographies about nine women who made a difference in the lives of Nova Scotians, and was motivated by a collection of nine portraits, of the same name, created by Joanne Napier. The Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women supported the gallery opening of the Nova Scotia Nine portraits at the Nova Scotia Archives in 2011.
“I was inspired by Joanne Napier’s large-scale, contemporary portrait collection honouring nine remarkable Nova Scotian women,” said Ms. Wise. “These women, and many more who contributed to the book, accomplished great things here in Nova Scotia. They show us breathtaking ways to make a difference in the world.”
The Advisory Council on the Status of Women collaborates with government and community partners to address a range of issues affecting women in Nova Scotia, such as women economic security, women in leadership, women’s health and well-being and freedom from violence.