International Women’s Day :: Greatest Hits

International women's day greatest hits

I’ve been collecting female positive images and gifs off the internet for years and I thought that today, being International Women’s Day, would be a fantastic opportunity to showcase some of them for you.

 When I was young.. like in elementary school.. in fact, even in high school.. International Women’s Day was not recognized something that we recognized. I didn’t even know that there was such a thing until I ventured out of the small Southern Ontario city I grew up in and started to surround myself with other feminists with more experience and self awareness than myself

I think the first time that I did anything significant for International Women’s Day was while I was living in Vancouver, British Columbia, about a million years ago. I used to meet with a feminist group there and we spent an afternoon creating cross stitched protest swatches on cotton and then hung them around the city’s downtown that evening.One of the reasons that I had the courage to move all the way across Canada as a teenager was because of my mother. She traveled the country extensively by train with a girlfriend while she was in her early 20s. She was a crazy lady who used to ride on the back of motorcycles and spend days at outdoor concerts. My mom has mellowed quite a bit over the years.. like she hates it when I swear and she gets kind of freaked out if I tell her that I am going some place after dark on my own.. ha! But she is still that same wild red-headed woman at heart.

More recently, I have settled back in my home province of Ontario with a wonderful man who helps me feel empowered, even though I live with an illness that often leaves me feeling anything but.

I have been forced to learn how to become dependent on a man, which is essentially the antithesis of who I expected to be at my age. My partner allows me to take on the role of dependent gracefully and without judgement.

After some years of spending time with my illness and becoming comfortable within my circumstance, I have been able to discover ways to contribute to our household through various entrepreneurial efforts, like the upcoming DIY Zine Party & Craftivist Night, to be held in Toronto in spring and the 4th instalment of Cordially Yours Craft Sale & Rock Show coming up this summer.

These activities bring creative women together for a cause. In the past, we have donated money the Red Door Shelter, the D’Arcy’s A.R.C., and the Women’s Health Clinic. To date, we have raised in excess of $10,000.Then, of course, there is the She Zine Mag project that you are presently enjoying.. I hope. I have had the very good fortune of connecting with women from all over North America on this project and continue to expand my network everyday.

There are so many exciting posts coming down the pipeline. I have done interviews with Lisa Iwanycki-Moore of Blood & Glass, Ambivalently Yours, and Sonya Côté, author of I’m Not Naked (Anymore), just to name a few.

Stayed tuned and make sure to signup for our newsletter!

Here is the rest from my image library for International Women’s Day. Enjoy!

I found this gif, which was originally posted to Tumblr, and I absolutely love it!! Let’s raise each other up!

Following that is this post brought to you by Nylon mag of the top ten feminist online shops. It was first published in 2016, but these shops stand the test of time.

 

Next, we have a feature on Michelle Villemaire, Los Angeles mother who had plans to “yarn bomb” a local landmark to bring attention to less fortunate women in her area. Anyone who knows me, knows that I am an avid knitter. I had taken a few years off, but lately, I have come back to the art with great enthusiasm. I am very interested in the use of craftism as a form of peaceful protest. It can take many forms and you will never cease to take notice. Very powerful.

 

Next, we have a feature on Michelle Villemaire, Los Angeles mother who had plans to “yarn bomb” a local landmark to bring attention to less fortunate women in her area. Anyone who knows me, knows that I am an avid knitter. I had taken a few years off, but lately, I have come back to the art with great enthusiasm. I am very interested in the use of craftism as a form of peaceful protest. It can take many forms and you will never cease to take notice. Very powerful.image

This piece (below) by Kathleen Harris shows a powerful cross section of some of the powerful women who have fought for equality and peace around the globe. Following the link in this section for a long list of many other revolutionary women throughout history. 10 female revolutionaries huffingtonpost

I found the above image in the instagram feed of Peaches, yet another fierce and fabulous womxn.

And finally, this post by Emma Gray of the Huffington Post who discusses the must read book, All The Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation by Rebecca Traister.

I hope that you found some entertainment and empowerment in some of the images that I shared with you. Images were credited wherever possible, but since most had been lingering on my computer for quite some time, some content could not be traced back to their original creator.

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *