Equality. This is the subject of today’s blog post. It is only fitting as this day in 1969, Réjane Laberge-Colas was appointed to Quebec Superior Court for the district of Montreal. She was a Montreal lawyer and became the first woman named to the bench of a Superior Court in Canada. At the time this was considered a monumental achievement in gender equality. Later, gender equality was written into the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, specifically article twenty eight:
28. Notwithstanding anything in this Charter, the rights and freedoms referred to in it are guaranteed equally to male and female persons.
I support those who stand up for Women’s Equality, Pay Equity, and Child Care. As such, I am supporting the march to draw attention to the value of child care and to insist on equitable pay for child care professionals and affordable fees for families. Saturday March 9, a large group will march for women’s equality, pay equity, and child care. The Women’s Labour Committee with the BC Fed, CUPE, and BCGEU are organizing a march to show solidarity with families and early childhood educators through the province. They are insisting on gender pay equity for UBC’s early childhood educators. This calls for wages that reflect the: Qualifications, Responsibilities, and Value of the work provided by UBC’s child care professionals.
We are all afforded the right to peaceful assembly. Use this right to change what needs change.