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Helen Yang- "There are lots of responsibilities as a woman, you have so many relationships you have to touch. I am so busy taking care of my family and keeping life colourful. Women should always keep an open mind."
Tony Davis- "I always think about all the powerful men in history and the women who backed them up. I wouldn't be going to college if it weren't for my high school teacher, Ms. Coffin. She's a sweetheart, and never let me give up, even during hard times."
Emma MacPhail- "My mom said something to me that changed my outlook on life, 'Everyone has their own crap.' Now when I'm complaining about something, I think about that. Thanks for the wisdom, Mom."
Taylor Walsh- "I'm one of those women who wears her heart on her sleeve. I just feel for other people, and I love that about myself. My mom is a hard-worker and has taught me the importance of balance."
Emma Hill- "My biggest role model is my mom. She's a stay at home mom and stopped working when I was born. She taught me everything I know, she's such a beautiful person. I love her so much and she helped me through the hardest time of my life."
Joel Fitzpatrick- "I was raised mainly by women, so I have a huge appreciation. A big thing I've learned is to treat everyone how you expect to be treated, my nanny always says that."
Jazlyn Syvret and Laura Harwood- "We think it's important to have this day because it might inspire someone to feel empowered. Even though we all have such different lives, down to our core we're all going through similar things."
Dale Allen- "Every female is a positive role model. It's a special day for women to relax and reflect, which is really important."
Krista Gormley- "It's important to take advantage of the day and appreciate the women that came before us, who fought for our rights. Sometimes we take that for granted."
J.D Hughes- "I just want to thank my mom for loving me, no matter what. She put up with all of my crap and didn't kill me. Love you, Mom."
Adriane Gaudet- "My twin sister is my biggest inspiration. She's made me who I am today because she's literally half of me. She's living in Australia now, raising a baby, and her whole family is here. She's amazing."
Madison Acorn- "Women's day is so important. I love seeing women building other women up. Her accomplishment is your accomplishment."
(In the photos above, we asked Islanders to reflect on what International Women’s Day means to them. Photos by Emily Acorn and Grace Gormley)
CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. - It’s a historic time for women around the world, said the MC at Thursday’s International Women’s Day event in Charlottetown.
“This year, International Women’s Day comes on the heels of an unprecedented movement for women’s rights,’’ said Farahnaz Rezaci.
“Equality and justice, sexual harassment, violence and discrimination against women has captured headlines and there is a public demand for change.’’
Anyone who has been following the news, especially the entertainment news in the United States, is all too aware of those headlines. Multiple celebrities have been accused of sexual harassment. Accusations against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein helped create the powerful #MeToo movement.
“People around the world are mobilizing for a future that is more equal,’’ Rezaci said.