Let's take this International Women’s Day as an opportunity to recognize some of the local women from Vaughan, both past and present. Although we don't need a reason to celebrate women, International Women’s Day is a reminder to take a break from our busy lives and acknowledge them. Women play a pivotal role in Vaughan as mothers, career women, and activists. Today, and everyday, let's pay tribute some of the amazing women who have made their mark on our city:
Past: Elizabeth Arden 1884-1966 Did you know that Elizabeth Arden is from Vaughan? She was an entrepreneur, a businesswoman, and a women's rights activist. Arden moved to New York City in 1908 in order to secure a career as a beautician, but she didn't stop there. She became the co-owner of a salon by 1910 and the sole owner of over 100 salons along with a cosmetics line by the time of her death. Arden's cosmetics brand has played a big role in normalizing makeup for women. She became known for taking part in the women's March in 1912 where she rocked a bold red lip. After setting up a successful business in New York, she came back to Vaughan in 1954 and opened the Black Creek Pioneer Village.
Women like Arden play a huge role in female empowerment, and contemporary women have taken inspiration from them. Ishita Aggarwal is one of them...
Present: Ishita Aggarwal
Aggarwal is the founder of Mom's The Word (MTW), a not-for-profit that provides homeless and low income women with prenatal workshops in Vaughan. In the past three years, her organization has raised more than $100,000 for this cause and over 800 women have attended her workshops. Each year, on International Women's Day, L'oreal Paris Canada recognizes 10 women of worth across the country. This year, Vaughan's own Ishita Aggarwal made the list! Learn more about 10 Women Of Worth here: https://womenofworth.lorealparis.ca/en. The work by Arden and Aggarwal is well known by people and these are local women from Vaughan. On March 8th, let's celebrate them and all of the other women in our lives by pointing out their achievements and hard work. After all, the theme for International Women’s Day this year is to, “think equal, build smart, innovate for change.”
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