Every year on August 26th, we celebrate Women’s Equality Day. We’re thankful that we live in a country that has seen incredible developments in equality over the years, but feel it is still very important to acknowledge this day and promote continued progress.
Here at Coastal Inns, we are proud to say that the majority of our senior managers and supervisors are women. We believe strongly in creating an environment where ability, attitude, and performance are the primary determinants for advancement.
To celebrate this year’s Women’s Equality Day, we’d like to recognize some amazing women from our neck of the woods.
Molly Kool – Born in Alma, NB, Molly Kool is recognized as being one of the first North American registered female sea captains or shipmaster, and was the first female Master Mariner in Canada.
Viola Desmond – Born in Halifax, NS, Viola challenged racial segregation at a cinema in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia by refusing to leave a whites-only area of the Roseland Theatre in 1946. Granted a posthumous pardon in 2010, Viola is now featured on the Canadian $10 bill, introduced in 2018.
Rita Joe – The Poet Laureate of the Mi’kmaq people, Rita was born in Whycocomagh, Cape Breton. After being forced to attend the Shubenacadie Residential School, Rita was forbidden to speak Mi’kmaq. She was able to relearn the language after finishing school, and release several books in her lifetime.
Antonine Maillet – Known for creating La Sagouine, and founding the Acadian reenactment Le Pays de la Sagouine in Bouctouche, NB, Antonine wrote over 40 novels about Acadia and Acadians, meanwhile working for Radio-Canada in Moncton as a scriptwriter and host. In 1988, she hosted the French-Language leader’s debate for Radio-Canada between Brian Mulroney, John Turner, and Ed Broadbent.