Lambton County Library is hosting a number of events to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD) next month.
“International Women’s Day is celebrated annually by Lambton County Library and this year’s events will celebrate and encourage patrons to learn about the women of Lambton County, both past and present, who have helped lead and shape our community,” said Andrea Basra, public services coordinator – adult programs and outreach.
The Famous 5 Maquette will be showcased at the Sarnia Library during its Canada-wide tour, on display during three IWD events at the library theatre for a 15-minute period before and after each event on March 1, 6 and 15.
The famous sculpture is a two-foot-tall replica in bronze of the original Famous 5 Foundation’s Women are Persons! Monuments in Olympic Plaza in Calgary and in front of the Senate of Canada in Ottawa.
The prominent Canadian suffragists depicted include Nellie McClung, Emily Murphy, Louise McKinney, Irene Parlby, and Henrietta (Muir) Edwards, five Albertan women who blazed the trail for women’s rights in Canada in the 1920s.
Registration is required to attend the International Women’s Day events, which include:
Voices of Lambton – Women in Business
Wednesday, March 1, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m., Sarnia Library Theatre
In this moderated panel discussion, four local women will share influential moments in their lives and careers, adversities they have overcome, impactful choices they have made, issues they have championed, and lessons they have learned along the way. Participants will learn what drives these women and successes and challenges experienced as they have broken barriers while achieving success in the business world.
History of Women in Lambton County
Monday, March 6, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m., Sarnia Library Theatre
Join Lambton Heritage Museum Curator/Supervisor Dana Thorne as she explores local stories of women in Lambton County and shares photographs and artifacts from the museum collection. Participants will have the opportunity to view the artifacts on display at the end of the presentation.
Learning for Life – History of Women’s Institutes in Lambton County
Thursday, March 9, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m., Alvinston Library
Explore the rich history of Women’s Institutes across Lambton County with Archivist Nicole Aszalos. Learn about Tweedsmuir histories through the stories and materials from the Lambton County Archives collection and discover how they share the history of our local communities.
Teen DIY – Suffrage Banners and Pink Tea
Thursday, March 9, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Sarnia Library
Historically, Pink Teas were developed as a subversive way for women to gather and discuss various issues of importance. In this modern take on a pink tea, Frances Wright, CEO & CoFounder, Famous 5 Foundation, will be engaging with participants as they create a banner promoting a social justice cause they are passionate about.
Voices of Lambton – Community-Driven Women
Wednesday, March 15, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m., Sarnia Library Theatre
In this moderated panel discussion, four local women will share influential moments in their lives and careers, adversities they have overcome, impactful choices they have made, issues they have championed, and lessons they have learned along the way. Participants will learn about what drives these community leaders who, in addition to community advocacy, share a commonality of working in traditionally male-dominated fields.
Visit the library’s program calendar at lclibrary.ca to learn more and to register.