November 14, 2013 - by Sarah Barker

Weekly ReadsIn yet more examples of victim blaming, a company makes Anti-Rape Underwear and India’s head of intelligence makes the comment that “If You Can’t Prevent Rape, You Enjoy It”.

See for yourself how google searches can be sexist and youth use new words like THOT (can you guess what it means?) to describe women.

A catholic academy tells young women “don’t wait for a prince” while DC and Marvel Comics announce two new women superheroes.

We remember 11 brave women who fought for peace in WWII and are awestruck by 18 survivors of sexual assault who fearlessly share their stories.

November 13, 2013 - by Sandra Hawken - 2 Comments

Girls Quilt

Every day, our daughters are bombarded with lies.

They see these lies everywhere; they are never free of them. They see them on billboards, in TV ads, in movies, in magazines, in video games, and online. Especially online.

Every day, our daughters are presented with one acceptable definition of female beauty: white, tall, thin, large breasts.

November 4, 2013 - by Sandra Hawken

Mother and Son Earlier this month, Sandra posted this blog on Huffington Post and it sparked a conversation online and amongst media about the issue. We are re-posting here for those of you who haven’t had a chance to read it.

Last week my 12-year-old son and his friends used a term I hadn't heard before: "rape face." The next day I saw his buddy tag a photo of himself on Instagram with #rapeface.

So we sat down to talk.

October 31, 2013 - by Sarah Barker

NewsHappy Halloween! This week, we learned that men and women in Canada aren't as equal as we think.

Parents and kids were on the hunt for halloween costumes that weren't sexy.

Hollywood celebrities, men and women alike, came out publicly in support of feminism and the women's movement.

October 29, 2013 - by Sarah Ruddle

Necole

Earlier this month the Canadian Women's Foundation held our Annual Breakfast in Calgary with keynote speaker Geena Davis. The event raised $620,000 to help low-income women, like Necole, on their journey out of poverty.

Momentum is a word that often comes up at the Canadian Women’s Foundation. Nearly every day we learn of another woman who is living proof that if you build on strengths and provide access to the right tools, a woman basically becomes an unstoppable force of positive momentum.

October 25, 2013 - by Sarah Barker

NewsThis week, UN Women's new advertising campaign caused an uproar about equality globally based on Google searches.

Rape culture, revenge porn, street harassment and victim blaming once again topped headlines, in both a negative and positive way.

The Globe and Mail looked at what Canada needs to do to develop a national childcare strategy and what we can learn from the provinces that are already successful.

October 24, 2013 - by Vanessa Abban

HandcuffsEmily Yoffe’s Slate article and Margaret Wente’s response in the Globe and Mail have received criticism for what they think is good advice for preventing on-campus rapes: women should stop binge drinking.

Telling a woman to avoid drinking to the point of blacking out seems like sound advice. After all, over-drinking can lead to a number of terrible and tragic consequences not only for the drinker (number one that comes to mind is drunk driving).