The Identity Molds By

Some people identify as being squares, ideal to fit in square shaped molds. Others identify as circles fitting in circular molds. You can also find triangles, rectangles, stars, hexagons and any other imaginable shapes, identities, each fitting in their own mold. The only issue with this kind of very structured system is that the squares […]

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The Quest for Role Models By

Growing up, I mostly identified with male role models. From TV shows, books or fictional characters created by my imagination; I would often have different conversations with these men in my mind. Arguing about life decisions, what is a right or wrong, and different issues with Agent Gibbs, John Lennon, Professor X, just to name […]

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On Being Mixed Race By

I would liken part of my childhood to that of a baby duck. I followed my mother’s actions as instructions. She had long, braided hair, and I had long, braided hair. She had jingling bangles from India, and I had little jingling bangles from India. She made curry and I ate curry. We had Indian […]

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My Unfortunately Obscure Kick-Ass Role Models By

I often see #goals and #rolemodel tacked on to an instagram post by some Australian swim wear model staring off into some exotic breathtaking sunset. And I’m not condemning anybody here, I’m just pointing out how unfortunate the situation is, that in 2015 women and girls are still pressured to value their body as the […]

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D’hier à aujourd’hui By

Que pouvons-nous apprendre  des femmes leaders qui nous ont précédés? Nos aspirations actuelles  sont de reflets du travail acharné de plusieurs Canadiennes.  Les quatre femmes dont je veux vous parler représentent ce que le Canada a de mieux à offrir au monde. Je vous présente une politicienne et une scientifique qui ont fait leur marque […]

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Hommage à une battante By

Sheryl Sandberg, Anne Lauvergeon, Assia Djebar, Christine Lagarde ou encore Ariana Huffington. Voici une liste non exhaustive que je dresse lorsque l’on me demande quels sont mes modèles de tous les jours. Des femmes leaders et influentes, de notoriété publique, dont j’ai  toujours admiré  la détermination sans limites et la volonté de faire changer les […]

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Conflict as a Litmus Test By

I grew up in a family that had a hard time with feelings. We loved each other, and we told ourselves that it was unconditional, but we rarely dealt with the difficult stuff together. I walked a fine line trying to avoid conflict between my mother’s hyper-sensitivity and my father’s temper. Most arguments resulted in […]

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Inspiration Close to Home By

“The year 2014 was amazing in terms of a dialogue regarding women’s rights, feminism, and a growing awareness of the struggles that every self-identified woman faces on a daily basis. Popular culture has afforded different icons and voices for human rights, coming from different backgrounds and experiences. This week’s theme for kickaction.ca’s carnivale is Role Models […]

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À grands pouvoirs, grandes responsabilités By

J’ai récemment eu le bonheur de rencontrer Sarah, une jeune entrepreneure torontoise qui évolue dans un milieu fortement masculin. En l’entendant parler de son expérience, j’ai compris à quel point il est important que les jeunes femmes soient davantage conscientisées sur les effets de la peur. Notre société a besoin de leaders féminins fortes, compétentes […]

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Être militante racisée et queer à Montréal By

J’ai eu la chance d’avoir un entretien électronique avec Karine-Myrgianie Jean-François, travailleuse communautaire et militante. Voici un aperçu des pensées de Karine sur comment passer à l’action! 1-    Quels sont les sujets/problèmes qui te fâchent en ce moment? Penses-tu que ces sujets/problèmes sont adressés adéquatement? Présentement, je vois beaucoup de personnes très privilégiées minimisant voire […]

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Tug of war By

For me, being a feminist is like being in a constant state of tug-of-war as I navigate between the push and pull of preconceived notions of gender and my own identity. How much of what I think and do comes from who I am as a person and how much has been shaped by society […]

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