Ten Island women are being recognized for International Women's Day as leaders in political, cultural, economic and social achievement.

International Women's Day is Tuesday, March 8. The day began in 1911 as women marched around the world for better wages, an end to discrimination, and the right to vote. Now it's held to celebrate achievements in women's rights and to call for further change.

'Phenomenal Island women'

"We have identified a group of phenomenal Island women who are leaders in the areas of political, cultural, economic and social achievement," said Hannah Bell, executive director of the PEI Business Women's Association in a written release. 

The women are Susan Behi, Sarah Bulman, Jesse Hitchcock, Glenda Landry, Su Luo, Karen Mair, Laura Morneau, June Jenkins Sanderson, Mary Jane Webster and Ann Worth.

The association, along with the province's Interministerial Women's Secretariat and Startup Canada, will honour the women at an event in Charlottetown March 9 called The Faces of Leadership on PEI. Tickets for the event have already sold out. 

"We are very excited to introduce these women and tell their stories," said Bell.

Here's an introduction to some of the women and their varied accomplishments:

  • Glenda Landry is a veteran performer of the Charlottetown Festival, having played many characters in her 40-plus years, including a two-decade stint as Anne of Green Gables' bosom friend Diana Barry.
  • Karen Mair is a well-known radio personality and host of CBC's Mainstreet afternoon current affairs program. It's been a year of honours for Mair, who received a PEI Museum and Heritage award a few weeks ago and a PEI Literary award in September. 
  • Jesse Hitchcock is one of the co-founders of Young Voters of PEI, a group who's mission is to engage youth in the political process. 
  • Laura Morneau is the creator of DWNTWNFOX, a P.E.I. jewelry and accessory design line and new Charlottetown business.