For Immediate Release


CALGARY, October 26, 2017 – YWCA Calgary is proud to unveil our She Who Dares Canada 150 project, a creative, engaging and interactive installation which tells the stories of 150 women who have impacted the Calgary community over the last 150 years. Audiences will explore more than 60 boxes with 320 sides featuring 150 different stories of women who are known or lost to history.

“Women have always played a role in shaping history, but rarely receive their due credit. She Who Dares breathes life into women’s impact on history through a creative, interactive art installation,” says Sue Tomney, Chief Executive Officer, YW Calgary. “People will walk away from this project learning something new about our community and women’s role in changing the landscape.”

Part of sharing women’s history is recognizing that women have been around and impacting history for more than 150 years which is why YW’s She Who Dares chooses to use the plus symbol. It signifies that while this project recognizes and celebrates Confederation, YW knows Indigenous women have impacted their communities in this area for far longer.

She Who Dares illuminates women’s historical impact beginning at a time where women were discouraged from stepping outside their limited roles. When women did accomplish something exceptional, more often than not, men would be credited. Think Doris Anderson a legendary women’s rights champion, Sal Howell, the restauranteur behind iconic Calgary establishments like River Café and the Deane House or Lizzie Cyr, a Calgary sex worker whose appeal was the foundation for the famous Persons Case.

For more information on YW’s She Who Dares, visit


About YW Calgary:

YW Calgary is the largest and longest serving women’s organization in Calgary. For more than 106 years, we have focused on enhancing women’s safety and well-being while advocating for equity. In 2016, the YW Calgary supported more than 6,800 Calgary women and families. Together with our donors, government and other social agencies, we provide shelter, supportive housing, counselling, child development, childcare, education and employment programs that help move women from crisis to stability.

Women-centred. Brighter-future focused.

For information please contact:

Carla Link

Manager, Marketing & Communications, YW Calgary

Cell: 587.228.8663 l Email:


This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada.

Ce projet est financé en partie par le Gouvernement du Canada