Minister Stephanie McLean issued the following statement on International Women’s Day, which was first observed in 1908.
“International Women’s Day is a day to celebrate women’s accomplishments and our society’s progress towards gender equality, and to reflect on the work we still need to do.
“In Alberta under our government, progress has taken the form of a gender-balanced cabinet, a new Status of Women Ministry that was officially launched yesterday, and steps to accommodate MLAs who are expecting or raising children.
“International Women’s Day is also a day to remember the challenges that women continue to face here in Alberta and beyond, including economic insecurity and high rates of violence.
“By working together to achieve equality for women in Alberta, we will build a stronger and more prosperous province and a better society for all.”