October was Women’s History Month in Canada, a time to celebrate the achievements of women and trailblazers throughout our history. On Saturday October 8th, 2016, the Winnipeg Free Press celebrated the remarkable life and achievements of our very own Susan A. Thompson. The newspaper featured two full pages, which detailed her early days as the first woman mayor of Winnipeg and the launch of her new autobiography Her Worship: Moments in History, Moments in Time.
Winnipeg Free Press politics and perspectives editor Shannon Sampert wrote a wonderful article sharing some insights from the book and the launch event. She talked about some of the difficulties that Susan overcame when she ran for mayor.
In another twist of fate, this year marks the 100th anniversary of the right of women to vote, spearheaded in Manitoba by Nellie McClung. Surely, Nellie faced similar issues all those years ago.
While Susan faced many obstacles during her time as mayor, she successfully led the city through many trying times, particularly the 1997 Flood of the Century, and accomplished many of the goals she laid out at the beginning of the campaign, most notably changing the administrative model from a Board of Commissioners to a CAO model.
It is important that Susan`s story is told. Unfortunately, today`s women face many of the same stereotypes Susan did twenty-four years ago. Take the opportunity to read Susan’s stories in her own words. Listen to her words and learn from her. It is so important that women write their own history.
As Shannon Sampert says in her article, “Finally, her story has been documented and it can’t be ignored.”
Thank you to the Winnipeg Free Press for this great two-page feature about this important biography.