Over the last four years, Bishop Strachan School, Branksome Hall, Havergal College and St. Clement’s School have hosted a Girls’ Schools Collaborative Speaker Series to bring our girls’ schools’ communities together to learn about topics that affect and challenge our girls, their families, and their educators. Speakers have included Anne Dowsett-Johnson, the author of Drink: The Relationship Between Women and Alcohol, and most recently, Brigid Schulte, author of Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When No One Has Time. Our event this coming week could not come at a better time.
On Wednesday, April 19 at 7 p.m. at Havergal College, we will be hosting our third annual event, highlighting the importance of women in politics entitled A Woman’s Place is in The House of Commons. The facilitated panel, comprised of some of Canada’s most accomplished female politicians and advocates, will afford attendees the opportunity for questions and answers and will, we hope, encourage our girls and young women to consider involvement in politics.
As girls’ schools, we know that our girls possess the power to change whatever it is they put their minds to. I was reminded of the power our girls hold in facilitating change globally as I watched Malala Yousafzai speak in our Canadian Parliament this past week. “Young women of Canada, step forward, raise your voices; The next time I visit, I hope to see more of you filling these [parliament] seats… you do not have to be as old as the very young Mr. Trudeau to lead.”
I look forward to hearing our female Canadian politicians speak of their paths to the jobs they hold now, the joys of the work and the responsibility they possess. I am even more excited about the impact the event will have on our girls and their paths because, as Malala says, “The answer is girls.”