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 […]
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 […]
I was lost. My hostel was somewhere in the area, I was sure of it. I had looked online at home, printed out the directions, both in English and in Mandarin, and was sure I had gotten off at the right metro station. If only I knew which way to walk next, in the dark, […]
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 […]
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 […]
A few weeks ago I attended a Young Women’s Leadership Summit. One of the first guest speakers to present at the conference was named Kim Katrin Milan. From the minute she began her presentation I was hooked. She wasn’t saying anything radically new but it was how she was saying it. It was as if […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
It became all clear to me within an instant. The moment I started talking and explaining and struggling to make myself heard, understood and acknowledged, he shut me up. Interrupting me and then going on to contradict everything I just said, all having to do with my reality and personal experiences as an immigrant woman […]
Cyber Feminism. A postmodernist term used to describe the philosophies of a contemporary feminist community whose interests are cyberspace, the internet and technology. This term was introduced in the early 1990s and over the years has brought much progress in the feminist movement. Hash tags have been created such as #TheFWord, #YesAllWomen, #AmINext, #HeforShe, and […]
I was born and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon, where I lived until after I graduated high school. Following a couple of years off school, I moved to Montreal to study at McGill University, where I’m finally about to complete my undergraduate degree.
India Desjardins is one of Québec’s most beloved young writers and her book series entitled ‘’Le Journal d’Aurélie Laflamme’’ has sold more than 650,000 copies since first published in 2006.Often nicknamed ‘’Québec’s J.K Rowling’’ by the francophone press and her readers, India is one of the most in demand writers at book fairs across the province. ‘’Le Journal d’Aurélie Laflamme” has even been produced into a movie in 2010 and the eighth and last novel in the series was released last fall. India has kindly accepted to answer some of my questions.
“More than just being a duty, voting is about refusing to give up. It’s about taking ownership of your life, rejecting apathy and making your voice heard. I have noticed that the people around me who don’t vote are often the ones who point a finger at the world whenever something bad happens to them.
Above all, voting is about taking responsibility and telling the world that you are the one calling the shots in your life.” – Jacqueline, 21