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Celebrating International Women’s Day

It’s a global day to recognize and celebrate women’s and girls’ social, economic, cultural, and political achievements

Some of the Women of the OHA (clockwise left-to-right, beginning at bottom left) – Sara Minden, Johanna Carlo, and Marlowe Schott

Cambridge, ON – The Government of Canada’s theme for International Women’s Day (IWD) 2024 is Invest in women: Accelerate progress.

It’s a call to action and a reminder that gender equality is one of the most effective ways to build healthier, more prosperous, and more inclusive communities.  

We all have a role to play in building a future where everyone can reach their full potential.  

It is time to act – because women’s success is everyone’s success.

How it All Started

The beginnings of International Women’s Day can be traced back to the early twentieth century. It emerged from the activities of labour movements in North America and Europe and reflected a growing call for women’s equal participation in society. International Women’s Day first took place on March 19, 1911, in Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland. That day, over a million women and men attended public events to show their support. Other countries began to observe and celebrate this day in the years that follow

International Women’s Day is a public holiday in several countries. The UN observes the holiday in connection with a particular issue, campaign, or theme in women’s rights

Recognizing the Women of the OHA

Some people think the OHA is a male-focused or male-exclusive hockey association…that could not be any more far from the truth. The fact is that there are a plethora of talented females in the OHA. As well, the number of women involved with the OHA increases every year. The association is at the point now where there are multiple trainers, officials, and General Managers making a huge impact in their communities. For the first time, the OHA is going to recognize one of these females.

The Advancement of Women in Hockey Award – This award proudly recognizes an individual for their outstanding leadership and contribution to the advancement of female hockey. Nominees originate from fields of trainers, officiating, coaching, research, administration.

The OHA will continue to champion gender equity and honor the remarkable women in our association!

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