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Manitoba government celebrating Women's History Month

The Manitoba government is celebrating Women's History Month today, as it looks ahead to the 100th anniversary of the province granting some women the right to vote.

January will mark 100th anniversary of some Manitoba women being granted right to vote

This statue depicting Nellie McClung and other members of the so-called Famous Five stands on the Manitoba legislature grounds. (Tyson Koschik/CBC)

The Manitoba government is celebrating Women's History Month today, as it looks ahead to the centennial of the province granting some women the right to vote.

The province is hosting a reception at the legislature at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday to mark Women's History Month, which is held nationwide every October to celebrate the advances and contributions of women in all facets of life.

Family Services Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross noted that January will mark the 100th anniversary of some Manitoba women being granted the right to vote in a provincial election.

"Through their talent, vision and determination, Manitoba women have achieved many firsts that have resulted in positive social change," Irvin-Ross said in a news release.

"This includes Manitoba being the first province in Canada to grant some women the right to vote, a significant step forward in the struggle for women's rights."

Guest speakers at Wednesday's reception will include The Pas MLA Amanda Lathlin, the first indigenous women to be elected to the provincial legislature, and former MLA Muriel Smith, who was the first woman in Canada to serve as deputy premier.

Irvin-Ross said both women are outstanding role models for young women and dedicated advocates for gender equality and social change.

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