Celebrating Our Sisters 

Purple is the internationally recognized colour symbolizing women. It also signifies justice, dignity, and loyalty.

As one of the most important days of the year for women, Monday, March 8, 2021, is International Women’s Day.  It is a day of celebration. A day to remember those brave and courageous women who came before us.  These fierce females paved a path forward for a brighter and better tomorrow for the upcoming generations of girls and women everywhere. Our Sisters sacrificed and made a difference for all of us today!

When we speak about Canadian women trailblazers, we must not forget these courageous women and their legacy:

Jeanne Mance, Founder of l’Hotel-Dieu de Montreal 1645
Jennie Trout, first licensed female physician in Canada 1875
Carrie Derick, Founder of McGill University’s genetics department 1890
Emily Murphy, women in Canada, was officially declared “persons” under the law in 1929
Nellie McClung, the social activist behind the right to vote and run for public office
Lucy Maud Montgomery, author Anne of Green Gables 1897
Elsie MacGill, British Columbia’s first to receive a degree in aeronautical engineering in 1927
Pitseolak Ashoona, Artist who helped found a modern form of intuit art 1960’s
Hide Hyodo Shimizu, one of the first Canadian-born children of Japanese immigrants to receive a teaching certificate
Joan Bamform, saved 2,000 people from a prison camp in 1945
Viola Desmond, civil rights case of the 20thcentury “Whites only” racist movie ticket seating policy 1946

Nellie Letitia McClung – née Mooney, born October 20, 1873, in Chatsworth, ON – died September 1, 1951, in Victoria, BC. Is it possible that Nellie and I could be related?  I hope to one day find out!

International Women’s Day started in the early 1900s celebrating the many milestones and achievements of women.

According to Google, “International Women’s Day can be traced back to New York City in February 1908, when thousands of women who were garment workers went on strike and marched through the city to protest against their working conditions.”

Registered as a charitable organization in 1967 and located in Toronto, ON, Plan International Canada Inc. shares these alarming statistics of Canadian Women on their website:

78% feel that the expectation of women to be thin and graceful still exists.
81% feel women are expected to do the majority of the cooking, cleaning, and child-rearing at home.
82% agree that women are viewed as aggressive or overbearing when they express strong opinions at work.

We still have a way to go until we break through the proverbial glass ceiling. There remains a gender wage gap where a recent study by Statistics Canada found that women between the ages of 25 to 54 earned on average $4.13 less per hour than men.

We celebrate girls and women.  We continue to raise awareness as there is still so much more to do.

A Tribute to the Women Who Helped Me Be Me

These amazing women have helped shape me into the person I am today, and I want them to know how essential and unique they are to me and thank them for the lessons they shared, their love, and their friendship. While I was writing this, I realized many women played an essential part in my life, and for that, I am grateful!

For all the inspirational women who have impacted my life and made a remarkable difference, thank you.  I dedicate this issue of The Cat’s Meow to YOU!

*Gone, but not forgotten
I have tried my very best to acknowledge all of you – please accept my sincere apology and let me know if you do not see your name above.

 Let’s keep our Sisterhood strong and continually moving forward by encouraging each woman to lift a woman up and be the difference to the little girl that dreams big!


Kat Mooney
Founder & Principal Navigator
Pounce Support Services™