Author: Julie George
Julie George serves as Chair of the Board of Directors at the Canadian Women’s Foundation. She has been a philanthropist and committed volunteer in the non-profit sector for more than 25 years. She founded Juno House, a centre of excellence for adolescent girls and their families in Calgary, and is a major supporter and advisor to Juno House Foundation. She is also presently on the Board of Directors of Women Moving Millions.
The other day, my friend told me a spooky story about buying a Halloween costume.
Her daughter wanted to be Katniss Everdeen, the skillful archer and powerful main character from the movie The Hunger Games. With much excitement, they hit the stores.
To their dismay, choices were limited to frilly pink, sequined blue, short skirts, tall boots, and feathery boas. How about a policewoman with jewelled handcuffs and a short skirt, in a provocative pose? Or a rock star outfit with a bustier and fishnet stockings? Many of the costumes were designed to objectify girls, even those being sold to 5- to 12-year-olds.