Women’s History Month: “Through Her Lens: Celebrating the Diversity of Women”

October is Women’s History Month in Canada. Since 1992, we have recognized and celebrated the women and girls of our past and present who contribute to a better and more inclusive Canada.

This year, we pay tribute to them under the theme “Through Her Lens: Celebrating the Diversity of Women.”

As a memory institution for all Canadians, Library and Archives Canada (LAC) helps share a range of experiences and stories by providing access to our collections.

This Women’s History Month, we are proud to inform you that the Mary Ann Shadd Cary archives have been registered in the Canada Memory of the World Register. In 1853, Mary Ann Shadd Cary became the first Black journalist in North America, as editor in chief of the Toronto-based newspaper The Provincial Freeman, which gave a voice to Black people in Canada. She is also recognized for her important work promoting women’s rights.

LAC’s collections are brimming with archives that reflect the achievements of women and their contributions to Canadian society. Discover some resources:

LAC invites you to continue exploring its collections and exhibits that attest to the exceptional achievements of the women and girls who have shaped Canada’s history and who continue to influence our present.

Need help? LAC’s reference archivists and librarians can help you in person, by telephone or by videoconference. Make an appointment on our website.

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Visit the Women’s History Month website to discover other resources and information about inspiring Canadian women.

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