Celebrating International Women's Day

This month we celebrate International Women’s Day and we’d like to acknowledge this notable occasion and salute the generations, past and present, that have accomplished so much in bringing about gender equality.

In Canada, we like to congratulate ourselves on being progressive, forward thinking and equal. Yet, it wasn’t until 1960 when all Canadian women, regardless of race, creed or colour, were granted the right to vote. In the six decades since then, the torch has been passed from one generation to the next, to build on the foundation laid with the blood, sweat and tears of Agnes McPhail, Nellie McClung and Dr. Emily Stowe among many others, who paved the path towards true gender independence and equality.

Most notably at Richardson GMP, we celebrate the life and contributions of Muriel Sprague Richardson who became the first woman to lead a large corporation in Canada in 1939, James Richardson & Sons, and went on to successfully run the firm for 27 years. Muriel was known for consistently putting the needs of her employees first by instituting a pension plan years in advance of other Canadian companies as well as a benefits and group insurance program. In 1981, she was posthumously inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame – the first woman to ever receive the honour. Muriel’s values align with our principles and continue to influence our decisions today.