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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Women in Politics

Owen Sound | by Daryl Morris  

New Grey Roots exhibit looks at women in politics past and present.

In honour of the 100th year for International Women's Day, Grey Roots Museum and Archives is opening a new special exhibit.

The museum just outside of Owen Sound will open "Pearls & Politics: Grey County's Women of Distinction" today.

Heritage Interpretation Supervisor Petal Furness says some of Canada's political history has been made locally -- like Agnes MacPhail of Grey Highlands, who was the first female MP elected.

Furness says the exhibit features photos and memorabilia of women who have been in politics in the past and in the present.

She calls this exhibit a "stepping stone," because they would like to find more photographs and more history.

Furness also hopes the exhibit inspires young women to consider a political career.

The exhibit opened at 1:30 PM Wednesday with a special celebration and entertainment provided by the female singing group O'Various.

Different women of distinction from around Grey County will also be speaking at the event.


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