Ottawa unveils unique map on International Women's Day

It is the first national map of its kind to commemorate and present geographical features that are named for women.

Today, on International Women's Day, the federal government has unveiled a new interactive map entitled Recognizing Women with Canadian Place Names, which showcases locations across Canada named after women.

The interactive map, developed by Natural Resources Canada in collaboration with the federal, provincial and territorial members of the Geographical Names Board of Canada, highlights nearly 500 geographical places named after women.

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Click here to see the map.

It is the first national map of its kind to commemorate and present geographical features that are named for women.

Each point on the map is categorized by a theme — Indigenous cultures, family ties, royalty and religious figures, early settlers/pioneers, community service, arts/literature, medicine/science and political figures — and contains a short description about the person behind a particular place name.

Until recently, there had been little effort to identify place names by gender across Canada. However, the federal government noted in a release, the new map endeavours to tell the often untold or forgotten stories of women who have contributed to Canada's history.

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