Happy International Women's Day

Happy International Women’s Day #bossyones!

International Women's Day is a celebration of women’s achievements around the world and a call to action for the acceleration of gender equality. Today we celebrate the brave women (and allies) who fought for our fundamental rights and focus our attention on the millions of women who are still fighting for basic freedoms.

The theme of International Women’s Day 2017 is #BeBoldForChange. According to the World Economic Forum, the gender gap will not close entirely until 2186 (!!). International Women’s Day 2017 asks you to call on the masses and call on yourself to help forge a better working world.

As Canadians, we are incredible lucky to live in a country that recognizes and respects the importance of gender equality and inclusivity. We have our first gender-balanced cabinet and a Prime Minister who identifies (loudly!) as a feminist. We are a country of successful, inspiring female businesswomen, professionals, advocates and artists. As we celebrate these achievements, we must also recognize where we fall short and pledge to continue our work towards gender equality.

Five Reasons to Continue to Advocate for Women's Rights

  • Women in Canada are uniquely affected by poverty. Certain groups, such as First Nations women, women with disabilities and women who are visible minorities, are even more likely to be poor. Learn more about women and poverty.
  • A recent study suggests that girls begin to believe that boys are inherently smarter by the age of six.  Read the article.
  • A 20-month investigation found that police in Canada dismiss 1 in 5 sexual assault allegations as ‘unfounded’, while research suggests that only 2% to 8% are actually false. Learn more about 'unfounded' claims. 
  • Women and girls continue to be plagued by crippling body image issues. A 2008 study found that 36% of girls in Grade 6 said they were self-confident. By Grade Ten this number plummeted to only 14%. Learn more facts about girls in Canada
  • Approximately every six days, a woman in Canada is killed by her intimate partner. Out of the 83 police-reported intimate partner homicides in 2014, 67 of the victims—over 80%—were women. Learn more about violence against women. 

Five Ways to Educate and Inspire Yourself (and Others!)

  • Learn how Canadian law protects and affects women on the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF)'s website.  
  • Read about Canadian women’s history in 100 Canadian Heroines and 100 More Canadian Heroines by Merna Forster (buy it here).
  • Watch an inspiring movie marathon about women change makers with The Bossy One’s list of must-watch documentaries (a little self-promo ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ) 
  • Explore the list of Canada’s Most Powerful Women and apply to be part of their mentorship program.
  • Get your daily dose of pop culture with a feminist twist by surfing Toronto-based website The Feminist Project.

What are you doing to celebrate and motivate yourself this Women's Day? Let me know in the comments below.

Wishing you a happy and inspiring Women’s Day #bossyones! Here’s to strong women. May we know them, may we be them, and may we raise them.

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