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Tue, 06 Mar 2012 20:48:56 GMT | By Caitlin Decarie
Distinguished Canadian women

Canadian women at the top of their games



From top left: Olivia Chow, Measha Brueggergosman, Belinda Stronach, Clara Hughes, Julie Payette, Deepa Mehta. (© Adrian Wyld; Jeff McIntosh; Pawel Dwulit/CP; Mark Blinch; Mario Anzuoni /REUTERS; NASA)
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  • From top left: Olivia Chow, Measha Brueggergosman, Belinda Stronach, Clara Hughes, Julie Payette, Deepa Mehta. (© Adrian Wyld; Jeff McIntosh; Pawel Dwulit/CP; Mark Blinch; Mario Anzuoni /REUTERS; NASA)
  • From left: Beveryley McLachlin, Louise Arbour, Adrienne Clarkson, Michaelle Jean, Pamela Wallin. (© Charles Platiau; Chris Wattie/REUTERS; Dominic Chan; Adrian Wyld/CP)
  • From top left: Sheila Copps, Nycole Turmel, Peggy Nash, Kim Campbell, Olivia Chow, Elizabeth May. (© Frank Gunn; Jake Wright; Adrian Wyld; Sean Kilpatrick/CP; Blair Gable; Chris Wattie/REUTERS)
  • From top left: Alison Redford, Hazel McCallion, Dianne Watts, Christy Clark, Kathy Dunderdale, Eva Aariak. (© Jason Franson; Adrian Wyld; Andrew Vaughan; Darryl Dyck/CP)
  • From top left: Irene Rosenfeld, Carol Stephenson, Belinda Stronach, Heather Reisman, Bonnie Brooks, Maureen Sabia. (© Suzanne Plunkett; Chris Wattie; Kena Betancur; Mike Cassese/REUTERS; Pawel Dwulit/CP)
  • From top left: Arlene Dickinson, Sherry Cooper, Barbara Stymiest. (© Frank Arcuri; Ryan Remiorz; Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press;)
  • From top left: Lisa LaFlamme, Jeanne Beker, Bonnie Fuller; Mary Walsh, Sandie Rinaldo, Jacquie McNish. (© Nathan Denette; Don Denton; Della Rollins/CP; Peter Kramer/AP Photo; CTV)
  • From left: Roberta Bondar, Julie Payette, Mary Jo Haddad. (© Mark Blinch; NASA HO/REUTERS; Patrick Doyle/The Canadian Press)
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March 8 is International Women's Day and in honour of that day we've compiled a list of Canadian women worthy of note. Because no list is exhaustive, we know there are many names we've left off. Add your thoughts on who should have been included on our Facebook page.

International Women's Day began in the United States during the industrial revolution as women fought for increased wages, shorter working hours and the right to vote. The first Women's Day was held there on Feb. 28, 1909. The rest of the world followed the next year. During a conference for working women in Copenhagen, it was suggested that Women's Day should be celebrated annually and won unanimous approval.

Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland were the first countries to officially mark International Women's day in 1911. Slowly, more countries have joined the movement. March 8 has marked International Women's Day since 1913. However, this date was solidified in 1977 when the United Nations adopted a resolution marking March 8 as International Women's Day.

To this day, numerous countries, such as Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Cuba, Mongolia and Russia, among many others, honour the day with a holiday. In several of these countries, men present their mothers, wives, girlfriends and other females with flowers or small gifts.

Canada marks each year with a theme and this year, Canada is honouring the women in the rural, remote and Northern regions of the country.

To find events in your city, visit the International Women's Day website.

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