Election day is October 21

Election day is October 21

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On October 21 millions of Canadians will head to the polls to elect the Prime Minister.

Why vote?

It was 1918 when women were first granted the right to vote in a Federal election, and it was October 18, 1929 when women were legally declared persons under Canadian law.

I don’t care so much about who people chose to vote for, but I do care that people vote. This is our right, and for women, it was a long and hard-fought fight by our predecessors to make sure that we have this opportunity. I will proudly be at the ballot box on Monday to cast my vote.

What I hope is that whichever man is elected into power works for the betterment of everyone. I need someone who is going to change things, not just programs that are convenient to run, but someone who will demand real, institutional change.

What I think about now is the amazing progress that was made in the early 1900’s right into the 60s and 70s. It was Dr. Sarah Kaplan who opened my eyes to the reality that the powerful womens’ rights movement has stalled.

What has changed in the last 10, 15 or even 20 years? There is still a pay gap, there are still more CEOs named John, than female CEOs, and there is still less opportunity for women.

I used to be afraid to call myself a feminist – I would always say things like “I’m not really a feminist, I just like profiling women doing awesome things, or I just want equal pay.” That’s bullshit. I am a feminist. Being a feminist means I want equal rights for women. I want to live in a society that is built for everyone, not just 50% of the population.

To be clear, I don’t want to take away from anyone, I just want everyone to have the same opportunity. Feminist is not a dirty word. Feminist is for equal rights. If a woman wants to stay home and raise her children, more power to her. I believe we all have different paths and not all paths are made for everyone. I just want us all to have the choice.

I read this study the other day, about how only 10% of Canadian youth think of a woman when they think of a CEO. That’s crazy to me. What messages are we sending, and how do we change that perception?

So Monday, take the time and go vote. While you’re there remember the women who have fought for you to have that right, and think about the future you want for our children.