Campbell Honored by Churchill Society

November 20, 2008

Photo courtesy of the Churchill Society

Toronto, Canada. The Churchill Society for the Advancement of Parliamentary Democracy honored Former Prime Minister Campbell with the Award for Excellence in the Cause of Parliamentary Democracy at their 25th Annual Dinner  on November 20, 2008. The award was given in honor of Ms. Campbell’s accomplishments throughout her career. The Churchill Society for the Advancement of Parliamentary Democracy is a non-partisan, charitable organization that honors the life of Sir Winston Churchill by facilitating education, discussion and debate about Canada’s parliamentary democracy.

Ms. Campbell was asked to speak about women in parliamentary governments and Winston Churchill. She delivered a speech titled, "Women in Power: The Good News and the Bad News." In it she poignantly stated,

“It would be wonderful if in a conversation about women’s leadership, we could claim Winston Churchill as one of our feminist champions. But he wasn’t. But like Eleanor Rathbone, I couldn’t care less. Defeating Hitler is enough in my book for any leader to be seen as an ally of women, whether he wanted to see them in Parliament or not. Churchill gave us great leadership that made the world safe for women and other excluded groups to dream, and now it is up to us to move the democratic promise forward for our world and that of our children.

It is up to us to create the structures and cultures that can meet today’s challenges by tapping all the strength and leadership potential in our societies. If we do not do this, parliamentary democracy itself is in peril. We owe it to ourselves and future generations to meet this challenge. We owe it to Winston Churchill.”

Visit the Churchill Society for the Advancement of Parliamentary Democracy to learn more and see the letter of congratulations from Former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright in attachment below.

Letter from Madeleine Albright1.06 MB

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