Celebrating International Women’s Day and women in real estate

This past weekend, men and women around the world celebrated International Women’s Day (IWD). To honour the day and add our voice in support of gender equality, we thought we’d share a few pictures of three Officers of the CREA Board of Directors – President Beth Crosbie, President-Elect Pauline Aunger and Past-President Laura Leyser – having fun at The Famous Five monument in Ottawa during last year’s Political Action Committee Days (PAC Days.)

The monument is located on Parliament Hill and recognizes the achievement of five women who mounted a Supreme Court challenge that eventually clarified that women were “persons” under the law. The success of this challenge in 1929 paved the way for women’s full political participation in Canada.


We’ve come a long way. For the last two years, three of the four elected Officers of the CREA Board have been women, a first in CREA’s history. With CREA Past-President Laura Leyser about to retire from the Board of Directors at the end of the month, we’re not sure when this will happen again. Although, given our most recent Membership Survey indicates that over 40% of CREA members are female, we expect it won’t be too long!

Let’s share how women in real estate #MakeItHappen by highlighting your achievements on Twitter, Facebook, or in the comments section below!

After serving eight years as Director of Communications, Linda Kristal shifted her focus to Federal Affairs and more in her role as CREA’s Vice-President, Advocacy. Linda’s career in Ottawa began on Parliament Hill working for an MP, Ministers and the Prime Minister for almost a decade as a political staffer. During that time, she got to see the ins-and-outs of life on the Hill and a bird’s eye view into policy making. Linda is a devoted fan of winter and can usually be found outside from December to March.

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