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Gender Equality Week 2019:
“Until all of us have made it,
none of us have made it”

We celebrate this Gender Equality Week in honour of the Honourable Rosemary Brown, one of the Canadian Women’s Foundation’s Founding Mothers.

Rosemary Brown (1930-2003), first Black woman to be elected to political office in Canada, was an accomplished feminist, activist, and human rights champion. She was passionate in the fight for rights for all women and people of all backgrounds, identities, and experiences. She knew we won’t get anywhere in our quest for rights and dignity if we don’t pay attention to under-heard voices and make things better for those facing the greatest barriers and discriminations. Brown famously said: “Until all of us have made it, none of us have made it.”

These are cherished words that the Canadian Women’s Foundation continues to live by. Now that Canada’s moving toward a federal election, we ask you to ACT NOW to boost equity, rights, and quality of life for diverse women, girls, trans, and non-binary people. Because none of us will make it until ALL of us have made it.

How can you take action NOW?


Let key party representatives know the gender equality issues you care about. Send this online letter and urge them to tell you how they will address them, especially for those who face the greatest barriers and discriminations today.



Donate to the Canadian Women’s Foundation to support impactful organizations and programs building gender equality for all in diverse communities in every region of the country.



Use social media to influence the people you know. Here’s how to add this frame (right) to your Facebook profile picture: Go to your profile on the Facebook Mobile App. Tap your profile picture, then tap “Add Frame”. Search for “Gender Equality Week” and select the frame.

You can also follow the Foundation on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram and share our Gender Equality Week posts with your own messages. Make sure you use the hashtag #UntilAllOfUs