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    OTTAWA, Oct. 9 /CNW/ - Women's History Month 1997, with its theme
``Discovering Women in Science and Technology'' was launched today by the
Honourable Hedy Fry, Secretary of State (Multiculturalism) (Status of Women)
at a reception at the National Museum of Science and Technology in Ottawa.
    ``Throughout history, women's accomplishments have often been overlooked
in science and technology,'' Dr. Fry said.  ``Women have made significant
contributions to advancements in science and technology and other
non-traditional fields and Women's History Month provides Canadian women and
men with an opportunity to celebrate these achievements.''
    To help recognize the many women who have played a significant role in
shaping our Canadian heritage, the National Museum of Science and Technology
will be showing their Women of Invention: Individuals Who Changed Our Lives
exhibit from October 9 to 26.  Produced by the Women Inventors Project and the
National Museum of Science and Technology, Women of Invention examines a
multitude of inventions created by Canadian women, including a CPR device, a
heart mapping device and a pictographic printer for persons who are deaf or
suffering from cerebral palsy, or other afflictions.
    Women's History Month in Canada was first celebrated in October 1992 to
help create greater awareness among Canadians of the contributions of women to
society.  It provides an opportunity to recognize the achievements of women
from all backgrounds and in all areas of endeavour.

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For further information: (or for Women's History Month materials): Cathy
 McRae, Status of Women Canada, (613) 995-7835, or Artur Wilczynski, Office of
 Hon. Hedy Fry, (819) 997-9900

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