Susan Kathryn Shiner, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Recipient, 2013, Governor General Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case
I would like very much dear friends if I could express
the confident minds, not only of the five,
but of all the people who have advanced the cause of women.
When people asked me about getting this award I thought
about those five women and they could have coasted.
But they decided to notice the inequity and they decided
to push and challenge and that's what I admire.
As a teenager in the 60's, Susan Kathryn Shiner
became aware of incidents of inequality
and has worked for social change ever since.
Since 1985 she has been involved with
the St. John's Status of Women Council
and the St. John's Women's Centre
serving as board and committee member.
Emily, Henrietta, Irene, Louise and Nellie had begun
to speak out about this injustice,
articulately challenging the status quo and working toward
the inspiring success of October 18th, 1929.
I will never give up seeking equality for girls and women.