STORIES: Women's Empowerment Through Music

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Honouring the stories

Women’s Empowerment Through Music commemorates the centenary of women’s right to vote in Canada, which started with Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta in 1916.

Many families grew up with stories about their grandmothers, aunts, mothers and siblings. Schools and communities often have stories about their heritage.  This form gives you the opportunity to share information about your heritage stories related to music and women.  How were the special women in your family, school or community empowered by, or empowering of others through music?  Do you have stories about how these women infuenced you personally?  Did they influence change in your community?  Stories and Music matter in families.  Share your stories.

An initiative of the Youth4Music program, the Coalition seeks to show how music can be used as an expression of social justice.  Your input will be used to create resources, such as a "learning and teaching module" that will become available for use by teachers and students in the next school year. 

The objectives of Women's Empowerment Through Music are to link young people with their Canadian heritage - women’s suffrage, social justice, leadership and civic engagement. This project is made possible with support from the Government of Canada through the Youth Take Charge program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. By supporting youth engagement through music, the Government provides opportunities for young Canadians to become involved in a range of activities designed to strengthen their attachment to Canada through active commitment in their communities.

Thank you for your interest.  I'm excited to learn about your stories!

Holly Nimmons
Executive Director


Every social justice movement is accompanied by music in some way, such as protest songs, music at rallies, chants, etc. It often includes leadership by prominent entertainers of the times, with many musicians becoming “change agents” for social justice issues. Music is often used to articulate the spirit of change. It can motivate communities to take action. Music has empowered individuals and social movements.