December 6, 2013 - by Sarah Barker - 3 Comments

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On Dec 6 each year, we remember the 14 women who lost their lives in the Montreal Massacre 24 years ago today for the sole reason that they were women. And we recommit to raising awareness and supporting programs that will end violence against women.

The issue of Photoshop and peoples unrealistic expectations of women's bodies made the news, along with a recent survey out of the UK that shows that sexism is a daily reality for young girls today.

December 3, 2013 - by Vanessa Flores

GivingTuesdayI admit it. This weekend I was one of the many Canadians who searched through stores and online for the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals.

But today, December 3rd, I am putting aside my thoughts of super sales and discount prices to concentrate on a new ritual - #GivingTuesday.

Today, Canadians (and our American friends) get the change to give back – through donating their time and money to a non-profit they support, to make the world a better place.

November 28, 2013 - by Sarah Barker

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This week we enter the 16 days of action to end violence against women after celebrating the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on Monday, Nov. 25th.

Feminism is once again becoming a hot topic as a TedTalk about Feminism goes viral, a Huff Post explains there’s no typical feminist while Michelle Obama is labelled as a “bad feminist”. 

Sexism in professional sports is alive and an infographics shows us the absurd inequality in the film industry.

November 27, 2013 - by Diane Hill - 3 Comments

As you may have heard on the news this morning, Simon Gittany was convicted today of throwing his girlfriend Lisa Harnum, a Canadian, off the 15th floor balcony of their apartment in Sydney Australia.

After the verdict was read, Lisa’s mother told reporters her daughter’s death was a “powerful wakeup call to young women and to parents, siblings and friends of these young women, to be aware of the warning signs of a controlling relationship and to take a pro-active approach to assisting them.”

November 26, 2013 - by Sandra Hawken - 4 Comments

We've all seen the recent headlines with high profile allegations of domestic abuse. I can't count the number of times I've heard friends and family ask the same question of those stories: "why doesn't she just leave?"

Too many people assume that if a woman is in an abusive relationship that she is making a choice to stay and that she has the power to end the abuse if she just leaves.

November 21, 2013 - by Sarah Barker

Weekly ReadsThis week, the internet exploded with stories, videos and graphics all about empowering and inspiring women and girls to reach for thier dreams.

From toys designed to encourage girls to consider STEM careers to incredible stories of young girls who are currently pursuing STEM careers, you can't help but be inspired.

Feministing took an interesting spin on a recent UN Women ad campaign; an unusual take on speaking out against sexual violence and the launch of a magazine that is highlighting real, un-retouched women!

November 19, 2013 - by Diane Hill - 3 Comments

Iggy PopLast week, I stuck a highly subversive poster on the bulletin board over my desk.

At first glance, you might think the poster is a joke. It includes three photos of a man wearing a lovely blue dress and carrying a handbag (Lady Dior, as it turns out). In the centre photo, he stands tall and deadpan, facing the camera head-on as though daring us to laugh. In the others, his stringy blond hair swings as he skips and leaps with abandon.

The man is Iggy Pop, former front-man for a band called the Stooges. At 66, Iggy is considered the grandfather of punk. He still performs—in fact, I saw him a while ago on the Colbert Report. He burst onto the stage wearing jeans and a fluorescent yellow construction vest, which he tore off halfway through the first verse. The audience went crazy for his lean naked torso, the way he twisted and jerked, his raspy voice, his I’ve-done-way-too-much-partying face, and his characteristically rude lyrics. The chorus got stuck in my head for hours afterwards: “I got a job and it don't pay shit/ I got a job and I'm sick of it.”