Women’s History Month celebrates a more inclusive Canada

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October is a season of change…and a fitting time for Women’s History Month in Canada. 

Women and Gender Equality Canada have designated this year’s theme #BecauseOfYou, with a focus on celebrating the women and girls who have made  and continue to make  a lasting impact on our country.

Canadians are invited to get involved by:

  • Visiting the Women of Impact in Canada gallery: This gallery recognizes the contributions and achievements of 100 exceptional Canadian women and girls, who have made an impact in politics, the arts and sciences, and countless other fields.
  • Nominating a woman of impact: Is there someone who has inspired you? Submit your nomination today…new inductees will be announced in December 2020.
Two young girls stand in front of their research display about Elsie MacGill.

Elsie MacGill continues to inspire 

Last year in Ottawa, the Ingenium Channel sat down with two young women who completed a research project about Elsie MacGill, the world’s first female aeronautical engineer and Canada’s first practising woman engineer. Learn why MacGill is still inspiring today’s youth in this Q-and-A article, International Women in Engineering Day: Remembering Elsie MacGill

Earlier this month, Historica Canada released a new Heritage Minute about MacGill. Watch the short video, which follows MacGill in her role as chief engineer of the instrumental Hawker Hurricane aircraft during the Second World War.

A full transcript is available by enabling closed captioning in the YouTube video.

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Sonia Mendes is the English Writer/Editor for Ingenium. She loves digging behind the scenes to tell the quirky, colourful stories of museum life and all things related to science and innovation.