Exploring Calgary’s herstory

What better way to spend a beautiful fall evening than joining others to take a stroll and learn about some of the remarkable women who have shaped our City?

For the first time ever, Calgary Sexual Health Centre and Take Back the Night Calgary joined us in co-hosting our Fall Feminist Walk. More than 40 people came out to walk with us from the Memorial Park Library via Stephen Avenue to Olympic Plaza. Along the way we talked about a mix of Calgary’s rich herstory and current issues facing women.

A few things we learned during the walk…

  • Women were instrumental in forming Calgary’s first public library.
  • Calgary Sexual Health advocates for a broad understanding of reproductive justice including every woman’s right to access quality, affordable childcare.
  • Alberta still has one the largest pay gaps in Canada, with women only earning 68% of what men earn for full-time, full-year jobs.
  • 100 years ago a Calgary female journalist was among the first women in Western Canada to report on portfolios that traditionally had been covered only by male reporters.
  • Every hour of every day, there are almost two calls to the Calgary police regarding domestic conflicts.
  • Take Back The Night has been organized in Calgary for 31 years with a record attendance of 1000 women in 1992!





Click here to see more photos from the event.

Our tour would not have been the same without our volunteer Izzy Jack and community partners Calgary Sexual Health and Take Back The Night. A big thank you to all walk participants and facilitators for contributing their interesting thoughts, facts and stories.

Stay tuned for more Feminist Walks by signing up for our monthly e-newsletter.

If you are passionate about herstory or women’s issues that you think should be part of a future Feminist Walk, we would love to hear from you! Email caterina@womenscentrecalgary.org.

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