Strong women, strong world, strong union

On March 8, 1857, female garment workers in New York City took to the streets to demand better working conditions, a ten-hour day, and equal rights for women.

This event is now widely recognized as the foundation of International Women’s Day. This demonstration of women workers asserting their rights and demanding that legislators and other decision makers of the day pay attention to deplorable conditions and inequality marked a turning point in women’s activism at work.

First officially and internationally observed in 1911, the profile of International Women’s Day has depended on the times. Today, in many countries, International Women’s Day is a national holiday. In Canada, trade unions, progressive organizations and community-based groups continue to both celebrate the achievements of women and press for more equality.

HEU has been a leader in championing women’s equality at the bargaining table, in the workplace and with government. We join CUPE National, the Canadian Labour Congress and other labour organizations to fight for economic and social changes for the benefit all in our society. These changes we seek include a national child care program, improvements to the Canada Pension Plan, and policies and supports to address the impact of domestic violence in the workplace.

Download HEU’s International Women’s Day 2014 poster: 8.5 x 11 (PDF) or 11 x 17 (PDF).

Take the Canadian Labour Congress/Western University survey on the impact of domestic violence on workers and workplaces.