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An 11-year-old from Stonybrook Middle School won third place in The Votes For Women! national contest which asked contestants to reflect on the history of women's suffrage in Canada.

Ayesha Badiola was the youngest winner and says she got her talent in drawing from her dad. Badiola's drawing depicts a women's face with a ballot on it, she notes it's to say she is thinking about voting and the words - vote, persons, girls, rights, equal, women, and freedom - are what the women is thinking about.

"I know [it's important that women were given the right to vote] because we should all have the same rights because we're all people. We're the same as men, they're not better than us. They're pretty much underestimating us, they're thinking that we're girls, we're weak, you don't matter. But everybody should be treated equally."

Badiola says she has a passion for equality for women because she lived in the Philippines until she was eight-years-old and basketball is very popular. She adds she has been told by peers she shouldn't be playing basketball because she's a girl.

"We're all people and we should all have the same opportunities," notes Badiola. "I read articles about girls in other countries not having an education because they have to stay home and I think that's wrong. They should study for their future, they may want to do something big."

She adds, when she grows up, she wants to be a sports journalist, something she has also been told is not for girls, however, she says she plans to prove them all wrong and pursue her dream.

 

 

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