Canada's response to the COVID-19 pandemic is almost entirely led by women
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Canadians have been relying on the guidance of a number of health officials who have hosted regular press conferences to keep the public safe and informed.
These sessions, along with those from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, have been moments that many in Canada look forward to as their trusted daily source of news about what is a very scary and dark situation for all of us.
And some are noticing that most of the faces of Canada's novel coronavirus updates are, uniquely, women.
One of the most unique things about Canada's response to #COVID19 is how it's being led mostly by women.— Muhammad Lila (@MuhammadLila) March 28, 2020
Canada's Chief Medical Officer, the Deputy PM, and the top doctors for several provinces and cities (Toronto/Vancouver) are all women.
Canadians see them everyday.
Canada's Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam, Federal Minister of Health Patty Hadju and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland have been on TV screens and social media feeds almost every day from coast to coast, alongside people like B.C. Health Minister Dr. Bonnie Henry, Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott and Toronto Medical Officer for Health Dr. Eileen de Villa in the hardest-hit parts of the country.
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There have also been many appearances by Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante and Director of Public Health Dr. Mylène Drouin, as well as P.E.I. Chief Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison, Alberta Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Newfoundland and Labrador Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Janice Fitzgerald and Ottawa Medical Officer of Health Dr. Vera Etches, among others.
You know, I never really paid attention to the sheer number of incredible women leading us through this. It's 2020 and that's how I feel it should be. I'm feeling fortunate to have such strong leadership from everyone in all of this. Thankful to be Canadian!— Shaun Loeppky (@Shaun_Loeppky) March 28, 2020
Serving as unwavering authority figures, these women have helped to disseminate valuable facts and advise citizens on next steps, also feeling like friends we've come to know will have our backs.
As we all look to our leaders for comfort and instruction during this trying time, it is inspirational to see that many Canadian women are absolutely shining in fields and roles often dominated by men.
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