Women’s Day recognized

International Women’s Day celebrates its 100th anniversary

One-hundred years ago women didn’t even have the right to vote, but today we share the same rights as men, yet our responsibilities are ten-fold.

Many women work full-time and then come home to a full-time job of caring for their spouses, children and sometimes even their own aging parents.

As International Women’s Day marks its 100th anniversary Tuesday, many are proudly looking back at their accomplishments. But at the same time perhaps feeling a little overwhelmed.

“So many of the women in my life are so exhausted because we have so many responsibilities in our life,” said Janna Francis, federal Liberal party candidate.

As a result, when women are sought to sit on boards, in political office or other situations, they just aren’t there, because they’re just too busy.

Francis believes the hard-working women of today are then also at risk of physical and mental illness.

To help women of today, and the future, keep their sanity, Francis suggests we need to help each other. From basics like meals and childcare to making time to connect and unwind with friends or spouses.

To help celebrate the centennial of International Women’s Day and examine the current situation, Francis invites women to a special luncheon Friday.

Hedy Fry, Vancouver Centre MP, will help celebrate by speaking about the female voices of influence at the Schubert Centre Friday from 11:30 to 1 p.m.

“What have we got to kind of celebrate in women’s influence?” said Francis, adding that Fry will be able to share stories about some of the amazing women she has met in the political, social and general arena.

This nonpartisan event will include quotes from Canadian women on the walls along with an ice-breaker event where everyone in attendance will be given a specific voice of influence on their back and have to guess who it is.

Registration is required by Tuesday for the event by calling 250-308-9261 or visit www.jannfrancis.liberal.ca. Tickets are $20 and some seats are being sponsored for women who cannot afford to attend.

There is also a celebration this morning put on by the Vernon and District Women’s Centre Society at the Schubert Centre. A continental breakfast with door prizes, activities and inspirational speakers will celebrate every day women warriors. Today’s event runs from 10 a.m. until noon, tickets are $7 at the door.