Feminism

How do I define Feminism? I want to define what feminism means to me, mostly because to me I feel that feminism has become so much more than the fight for equal rights for women. Plus I like to call myself a feminist, but I don’t want someone to just think I am a cookie cutter version of what they think feminism is.

For me Feminism has evolved into so much more than equal rights for women. Basically I see it as Human Rights for all, no matter your race, religion, gender, age, etc. (this includes LGBTQ). And it’s that simple to me. It’s funny how simple of a concept it is to me and it baffles me how some others can not open their minds enough to treat the entirety of the human race as equal.

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What an amazing world this would be if we all tried a little harder. I encourage everyone to try to be less judgmental, more open minded, treat others with respect and equality.

Happy Feminist Friday Everyone!

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Influential Women

Throughout history there have been many influential women who have brought great change to the world. A couple of my favourites (in no particular order) are Cleopatra, Mother Teresa, Emily Murphy, Emily Carr and Malala Yousafzai. These are just some of the women who have made a positive impact on my life. I enjoy reading about all that they went through and are going through. Each woman has so much that we can learn from.

Here are a few of my favourite quotes:

I will not be triumphed over. ~ Cleopatra

We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do. ~ Mother Teresa

Nothing ever happens by chance, Everything is pushed from behind. ~ Emily Murphy

There is something bigger than fact: the underlying spirit, all it stands for, the mood, the vastness, the wildness. ~Emily Carr

Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world. ~ Malala Yousafzai

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As I go through my day to day life, I often think about all the influential people surrounding me. I definitely think there is a bit of each person that I carry along with me everywhere I go. I hope you enjoyed my favourite quotes, Happy Feminist Friday!

FLorence Carlyle ~ My Inspiration

For as long as I could remember, Florence Carlyle has been my most favourite artist. Florence was born in Galt, Ontario in 1864 and moved to Woodstock, Ontario in 1867 where she took her first art classes under Paul Peel. Moved she moved from Woodstock to study in France. She came back to Woodstock and opened a studio where she taught art. After she continued to travel and open up other studios. She moved to England in 1912 and sold paintings for the Red Cross during the first World War. She remained in England and died in 1923.
Being born and raised in Woodstock myself, I grew up going to the art gallery where the largest collection of Florence Carlyle paintings are kept. I loved visiting the numerous exhibitions and I always checked out the Florence Carlyle room every time. The Woodstock Art Gallery has since moved to a larger more central location and features the Carlyle Gallery on the first floor. If you would like to know more information about the Woodstock Art Gallery you can visit their website at http://www.woodstockartgallery.ca/
I couldn’t imagine the barriers Florence had to go through to become a significant female professional artist. With self-determination and an independent spirit she was able to achieve this.

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“Equality is not a concept. It’s not something we should be striving for. It’s a necessity. Equality is like gravity. We need it to stand on this earth as men and women, and the misogyny that is in every culture is not a true part of the human condition. It is life out of balance, and that imbalance is sucking something out of the soul of every man and woman who’s confronted with it. We need equality. Kinda now.”
― Joss Whedon

Happy Feminist Friday!

Everybody must strive for equality, no one is free until we all are free!

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