Women in Politics Celebrated
Victoria, B.C. – A special ceremony at the Legislature in Victoria today celebrated the role of women in politics.
An exhibition called “Women of the Vote” was unveiled highlighting the women who have taken on leadership roles in this province.
The event included the participation of the BC delegates of Equal Voice’s Daughters of the Vote along with current female MLAs.
The exhibit displayed a number of accomplishments by B.C. women including:
- Mary Ellen Smith – the first female MLA of the Legislature (1918), the first female member of cabinet (no portfolio) in the British Empire (1921), first female acting speaker in the British Empire (1928).
- Premier Christy Clark – first elected female premier of B.C.
- Minister Shirley Bond – first female attorney general of B.C.
- Nancy Hodges – first female speaker of the Commonwealth Nations (1950).
- Tilly Rolston – first female cabinet minister in Canada with a portfolio (1952)
- Rosemary Brown – first black Canadian female to be elected (1972)
The exhibition is part of the Speaker’s celebrations for Women’s History Month. The Daughter of the Vote is a national initiative run by Equal Voice and is a multi-partisan organization that strives to encourage more women to run in politics.
“Today’s event was a proud moment for all women who have been elected,” said Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond. “I am honoured to be one of the 102 women elected to our Legislature in the last 100 years.”