UNFINISHED BUSINESS: Empowering Women and Girls Through Dialogue

Trailblazers and Pathmakers

We have made much progress since Confederation – not least the 100th anniversary of suffrage for many women in Ontario. I hope that we can both recognize the specific role that women have played and also shine a light on the unfinished business that remains.

To that end, I launched an initiative to inspire all Ontarians to work toward gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. It is an initiative about women and girls, but it is also recognizes that men and boys can be important allies and supporters. This initiative will involve hosting and attending events throughout Ontario that highlight the achievements of, and challenges facing, women in Ontario. It is my hope that through constructive engagement, the ensuing conversations will inspire partnerships and collective action that empower women to bring their knowledge, perspectives, and leadership to every field of human endeavour. This is something that is in in everyone’s best interest.  It’s all about realizing potential.

The Lieutenant Governor visits Chapman Mills Conservation Area

The 50th anniversary of the Royal Commission on the Status of Women in Canada report

A blue and yellow cover of a report with the title The Status of Women in Canada

This year is the 50th anniversary of the Royal Commission on the Status of Women in Canada report and on December 7 the Lieutenant Governor will host a Zoom call for anyone interested in hearing the insights and lived experience of Monique Bégin, Maureen O’Neil, Lorna Marsden, Jean Augustine, Roberta Jamieson and Lisa Laflamme.

« In my conversations across the province it has been important to me to remind Ontarians of the role the commission had in creating opportunities many women and girls enjoy today. I have also heard the experiences of those who remain disenfranchised and left out of the conversations. »
– The Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell

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The report tabled on 7 December 1970 included 167 recommendations for reducing gender inequality across the various spheres of Canadian society.

Read the report.

Below is a list of sources for more information on the commission and the December 7 panelists:

Ladies, Upstairs! My Life in Politics and After – Monique Bégin

White Gloves Off: The Work of the Ontario Committee on the Status of Women – Lorna Marsden

Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community and Diaspora


The Royal Commission on the Status of Women in Canada