For Immediate Release

March 8th, 2016

Mayor Crombie’s International Women’s Day Statement 2016

“International Women’s Day is an opportunity to remember, reflect on, recognize, and celebrate the many political, social, and economic contributions and accomplishments of women in our communities, in our workplaces, and in our lives.

“The privilege I have to serve as mayor of Canada’s sixth largest city was made possible because of trailblazers like Emily Murphy and the Famous Five, who during the 20th Century fought so women could be recognized as full-fledged citizens and take leading roles in government and the development of public policy. We have come a long way since then.

“The City of Mississauga can take great pride in the number of remarkable women who hold leadership roles at Mississauga City Hall. Today, I serve alongside five women on City Council. As well, Janice Baker, our Chief Administrative Officer, lead’s Mississauga’s municipal corporation and Peel Chief Jennifer Evans heads of one Canada’s largest police forces.

“And of course, my predecessor – Hurricane Hazel McCallion – remains an inspiration to all women serving in local government, and public office, everywhere.

“Mississauga and Peel are living proof that women continue to make important, lasting and positive inroads in society.

“Look beyond our own borders and you will find women making significant inroads at all levels of government as provincial and federal cabinet ministers; premiers; and members of the Supreme Court.

“This year marks the 105th anniversary of International Women’s day and the theme is Pledge for Parity. It is a reminder that despite the progress we have made, there is still lots of work to be done to achieve full and substantive equality. We must reaffirm our commitment to the ongoing work for gender equality everywhere.

“Happy International Women’s Day!”