Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

July 11, 2016 09:00 ET

Free Outdoor Exhibit in Ottawa Highlights Pioneers in Women's Rights

A new photo exhibit profiles outstanding women who have left their mark on our country

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - July 11, 2016) - Department of Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage, in partnership with Library and Archives Canada, today unveiled the 2016 Plaza Bridge Photo Exhibit, A Greater Sisterhood: The Women's Rights Struggle in Canada. This exhibit commemorates the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage in Canada.

This outdoor photo exhibit offers visitors a unique portrait of 24 women who overcame barriers to their full participation in this country's economic, political, and social life-and helped make Canada a more inclusive and democratic country.

Quick Facts

  • Nellie McClung, Fanny "Bobbie" Rosenfeld, Viola Desmond, Jeanne Sauvé and Roberta Bondar are some of the women profiled in the exhibit.
  • The 2016 exhibit can be viewed on the Plaza Bridge in Confederation Square until mid-October.
  • The Plaza Bridge Photo Exhibit program was initiated in 2005. Every year since then, during the summer months, important Canadian milestones and anniversaries are recognized and celebrated at this location through photographs.

Quotes

"This year marked the 100th anniversary of women's first right to vote in Canada, but the advancement of equality and women's rights in this country did not stop there. Many women contributed to this effort over the years, and still do today. This exhibit showcases 24 Canadian women who are considered pioneers, in a beautiful outdoor setting."

-The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

"We are proud to share these portraits of exceptional women taken from Library and Archives Canada's collection. This exhibition allows us to recall important moments in the struggle for women's rights in Canada and reflect collectively on issues related to the advancement of women's rights."

-Dr. Guy Berthiaume, Librarian and Archivist of Canada

Associated Links

Centennial of women's suffrage

Seasonal exhibits

Library and Archives Canada

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Contact Information

  • Pierre-Olivier Herbert
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    819-997-7788

    Media Relations
    Canadian Heritage
    819-994-9101
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