Women's History Month 2011 Celebrates the Proud Legacy of Women in Canadian Military Forces

OTTAWA, Sept. 14, 2011 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, announced the theme for Women's History Month, which will be celebrated across Canada during the month of October. This year's theme -Women in Canadian Military Forces: A Proud Legacy - celebrates women's contributions, now and throughout history, to the Canadian Forces.

"The contributions of women form a rich and vibrant part of Canada's proud military legacy," said Minister Ambrose. "I encourage all Canadians to take this opportunity to learn their stories and recognize their contributions."

"Women in the Canadian Forces are celebrated for their bravery, dedication and leadership as soldiers, sailors, and airwomen," said the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence.  "I am proud of the contributions of women warriors, to building a more secure Canada, to protecting North America, and to contributing to international peace and security."

Canadians are encouraged to take an active role in celebrating Women's History Month. Activities will be happening across the country, and Canadians can either attend these events or organize their own events to celebrate the women in their communities.

October is Women's History Month in Canada, which provides an opportunity for Canadian's to learn about the important contributions of women to our society - and to the quality of our lives today.

For more information on the women who have played a role in Canada's military history or for more information on Woman's History Month, please visit www.swc-cfc.gc.ca.

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For news releases and information on Status of Women Canada, go to www.swc-cfc.gc.ca.

SOURCE Status of Women Canada

For further information:

Michelle Bakos
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Public Works and
     Government Services and
     Minister for Status of Women
          Nanci-Jean Waugh
Director General, Communications and
     Public Affairs
Status of Women Canada



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