Jeunes Citoyens / Young Citizens

Avah Ottawa, Ontario

Fair address: Ottawa Regional Fair

Project: History of Women's Roles in Canada

We have explored the many persevering and extraordinary women who have taken on some of the greatest careers in the history of Canada. We have learnt their troubles, and acknowledged the great lengths they went to, in order to achieve their dreams and aspirations.

What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

I learned about the many struggles that women did, and on occasion, still, have to go through to be accepted in the workforce. I also learned about some of the seemingly invisible struggles that women STILL go through, in the workforce, such as the gender wage gap. The struggles that women have faced in the past are incomparable to those that men did.

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

Acceptance. These women had to work extremely hard to achieve their goals. Acceptance was hard to get in that time and place, so these women worked double, even triple of what all the other men had to. They excelled in order to be accepted, and they accepted others too.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

My life is quite different to what it would have been 150 years ago, or even 50 years ago. I wouldn't have been allowed to have the dreams and aspirations for my future career that I have now. Although I will still have to face troubles, they are incomparable to those of 50, 150 years ago.

  • Lisa

    Loved the video. Great information and research.
    16/06/2017 5:59:38 PM

  • Mary

    Your video is amazing. In four brief minutes you have demonstrated pride in Canadian women's achievements that we should all share, and expressed our hope for further achievement. Outstanding!
    15/06/2017 5:03:08 PM

  • Raven Miller

    GREAT VIDEO!I did a history project on roberta bondar and one on emily murphy and i completely agree with your statements on these women! They are GREAT women and we couldn't have progressed without them! I hope you win because this video is truly amazing! Amazing job Avah!
    14/06/2017 11:18:23 AM

  • Raven Miller

    LOVE THIS VIDEO!!! It is sooo true! I did a history project on roberta bondar as well as one on emily murphy and i completely agree with these statements! They are both GREAT women. Good job! and i hope u win!
    14/06/2017 11:12:35 AM

  • Dale

    Amazing job!
    14/06/2017 7:18:40 AM

  • Denise

    Wow, Avah! You taught me so much in this short video! I imagine you learned a lot in your research too. Way to go- you can be anything you want to be:)
    14/06/2017 7:17:57 AM

  • Stephanie Monette

    Avah, you are so unbelievably talented, well spoken, and overall amazing. You are making a huge impact for current and future generation of women. You're smashing the ceiling already!
    14/06/2017 7:15:48 AM

  • Corinne

    Very well done. Congratulations to all involved. Good luck.
    14/06/2017 4:24:51 AM

  • emily

    love this project i hope you win!!!!
    13/06/2017 5:22:31 PM

  • Ryan

    Great video! You have a real chance! Very meaningful and interesting!
    13/06/2017 4:19:26 PM

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Project partially funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage.
  • Canadian Heritage / Patrimoine Canadien
  • Government of Canada
  • HBC: Hudson's Bay Company
  • ecentricarts inc.