Dozens of P.E.I. women gathered for a garden party in Brackley Wednesday to mark 150 years of progress in equality.

Catherine Callbeck

When Catherine Callbeck started in politics in the mid-1970s, she was told it was no place for a woman. (CBC)

The Equality Garden Party was part of celebrations of the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference, which launched the discussions that led to the creation of Canada. It was hosted by the P.E.I. Advisory Council on the Status of Women and recently-retired Senator Catherine Callbeck.

There were no women delegates at the Charlottetown Conference in 1864, a situation that would be difficult to imagine at such a high-level conference today.

"Since 150 years ago, there's been a lot of progress made, and of course, women in politics too," said Callbeck.

Equality Garden Party

The attendees at the Equality Garden Party were celebrating improved opportunities for women. (CBC)

"The first time I ran was in 1974, and I remember several people telling me politics was not a place for a woman. But the next election I don't remember people saying that to me at all, so there's been a big, big change."

While the garden party focused on celebrating, another 1864 anniversary event later this month will focus more on continuing to move Canada forward. The Bold Vision Conference will see 23 prominent women from across the country gather to discuss ideas for Canada's next 150 years.