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International Women’s Day – March 8, 2015

Women hold signs and protest.

Women hold signs and protest.                                                       Photo by Les Bazso/The Province

Adapted from The Vancouver Sun by Nila Gopaul
Level 2
On this day, people celebrate women’s equality
around the world.

Did you know that of the G20 countries,
Canada is rated the best country for women?
Germany is rated second;
Britain third;
Australia fourth;
France fifth and the U.S. sixth.

Saudi Arabia is rated eighteenth
and India is nineteenth.

Want to read a story in honour of this day? “Policewoman”

Half-blind fish gets new eye

Half-blind fish gets new eye
Half-blind fish fitted with fake eye at Vancouver Aquarium
Adapted from CBC News by Nancy Carson
Level 2

A copper rockfish like this one was bullied by other fish. Photo by Vlad Karpinskiy/CC, Flickr

A copper rockfish like this one was bullied by other fish.
Photo by Vlad Karpinskiy/CC, Flickr

A copper rockfish lives
at the Vancouver Aquarium.
The fish is getting older.
One of its eyes is blind.
It looks weak and sick.

Underwater bullying
The other fish attack it.
Dr. Martin Haulena is the head vet
at the Vancouver Aquarium.
He wants the other fish
to stop hurting the rockfish.

Maybe he can fool
the other fish.
He can give the rockfish
a new eye.
This new eye cannot see.
But the eye looks real. Continue reading

Policewoman

Phyllis Mortimore (1917-2009) Photo by  Ian LIndsay/The Vancouver Sun

Phyllis Mortimore (1917-2009)
Photo by Ian LIndsay/The Vancouver Sun

Adapted from The Vancouver Sun by Nila Gopaul
Level 3

Phyllis Mortimore joined
the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) in 1943.
At that time, only a few women
were police officers.

In 1943, none of the women
were allowed to carry guns.
Women also did not get
the same pay as men.

One day, Phyllis saw Police Chief George Archer
enter an elevator.
This was her chance.
She asked him why women didn’t get paid
the same as men.
He said, “Well, you don’t do the same work as men.”

Phyllis disagreed.
She wrote a report for him
explaining what women did.

Thanks to Phyllis and the police chief,
women began to receive equal pay in 1957.

Presently, about 22 per cent of the VPD are women.
About 20 per cent of Canada’s RCMP* are women.
Today, new police officers (men and women)
make about $50,000 a year.

*Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Links:
Visit the Vancouver Police Museum
Become a police office for the VPD
FAQ – frequently asked questions