On March 8th the world celebrated International Women’s Day. In the 98 years since women were granted the ability to vote by the Canadian government, women have made significant contributions to Canadian public and private life.
Take for instance, in Ontario’s political realm, thirty-seven out of 107 Members of Provincial Parliament are female, including the premier, the leader of the third party and 7 ministers. This is the highest number of female MPPs in Ontario’s history and the first time the province has elected as woman as premier.
Late last year, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made history by appointing Canada’s first gender-balanced cabinet. Fifteen out of 31 members of his cabinet are women, many of whom are responsible for prominent portfolios.
Within our own industry, women now make up half of all real estate professionals. This is a huge jump from the early 1950s, when barely 5% of REALTORS® were female. This year, OREA has 6 female leaders on our board of directors.