During World War II, men were called away to serve overseas and women were encouraged to step up and fill the gap in the workforce – juggling both their household and childcare duties and taking on jobs that were usually done by men. After the war, women thought they would be able to continue in their jobs but when the soldiers returned to the workforce, women were pushed back to their traditional roles in the home or forced to take on traditionally female jobs like teaching, secretarial work, and service jobs. (The Canadian Encyclopaedia) Women were expected to be happy with this limited role in society, but by the 1960s things began to change. Women started to become more politically active and became involved in protests and demonstrations against nuclear weapons and the Vietnam War, giving them a greater voice in society. (The Canadian Encyclopaedia)In the 1960s and 1970s, there was a lot of inequality when it came to women’s education and employment. Even if women had jobs, they were still expected to do housework and look after their children at home and they were still limited in the types of jobs that were available to them. (The Canadian Encyclopaedia) Women fought to change this by changing the education system and curriculum from elementary school right up into university. They felt that it was important for boys and girls to be offered the same opportunities in school and in sports and that there were examples of women in jobs and leadership positions for young girls to aspire to. As better job opportunities became more available to women, the issue of Equal Pay for Equal Work or the Gender Wage Gap became important in the women’s movement. Historically, women have always received less pay than men for the same job and fighting for fair pay became a priority. (Britannica)Women also started to fight for more control over their bodies during this period and lobbied for an end to violence against women. Birth control and abortions were considered criminal acts at the time and women fought for both these rights which were made legal in Canada in 1969 and 1988 respectively. (Britannica) During the 1960s, there was a dramatic change in fashion as women started to dress less conservatively. Skirts became shorter and women were able to wear whatever they wanted. (The Canadian Encyclopaedia)In the 1990s, women continued to speak out for job equality, day care, anti-racism and the end of poverty and violence against women. (The Canadian Encyclopaedia)Women from various minority groups including immigrants, the indigenous community, and the gay and lesbian community became more active and vocal to raise awareness and promote fairness and equality across the board. Women have fought for generations for equal opportunities in education and jobs, the right to equal pay, the right to make decisions about their bodies and to put an end to poverty and violence against women. The reason a monument should be put in place to recognize and honour the Women’s Movement is to remember the sacrifice and hard work that women have fought for so far, to celebrate the accomplishments to date, and to inspire future generations to continue fighting for further change. Even though women have come a long way, there are still inequalities in the workforce and misconceptions about female stereotypes and roles, not all women and men are paid equally and sadly, there is still poverty and violence against women. Women make up just over 50% of the population in Canada, and deserve to be fairly represented in our society. (Stats Canada) Erecting a monument in honour of all women is long overdue and will inspire change for the future.