Raising girls

Recently, I’ve been immersing myself a fair bit on the subject of feminism; what it means to be a feminist in today’s society and who feminists are; their core beliefs . As a mother of daughters, I strive to be raising strong, smart girls and frankly if I had sons, I would raise them to be feminists as well. Western women have come a long way over the last century and there are just so many iconic women who broke the way for things my generation and others after it have already taken for granted, and with many issues, we still have a long way to go. I feel blessed to have had my girls both at a time when once again there is a fast building political and social women’s movement and when I myself have been apatheticat best. Teaching them has forced me to relearn so many of these things myself and determine what feminism mean to me. 

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The last 2 books I have read, well devoured in 3 days (such an unbelievable feat for me as of late) were written in clear, strong feminist voices that lead me to feel I can no longer justify not being motivated and inspired any longer. I have always had things I have been passionate about that are women’s issues.  Freedom of choice and equal pay/responsibilities; both of these subjects will get me fired up quickly and often I find myself having to leave a conversation with anyone who has a different view point from mine, not because I don’t think it’s important to have this debate, but because I now have the ability to recognize when you can’t fix stupid. There are other feminist issues as well, but these two are near and dear to my heart. Raising daughters and keeping them safe and aprised of their rights is now rising up fast I should note.Both of these recent books had spoke of the feeling of helplessness of being a girl and I don’t want my kids to feel this way ever and from my own life experiences I know that probably won’t happen, however their reaction and consequent actions I can help influence.

I am going to share a book review on some children’s books that I have picked up as of late about Amelia Earhart, Marie Curie, Emmeline Pankhurst, Frida Khalo and Coco Chanel this month that I have been reading with Coco & Bee. I specifically went looking for a childrens book on Emmeline as we have an upcoming municipal election in Edmonton and I wanted to teach and talk about it with them (and take them to vote with me!) There are a few more in the series, Maya Angelou, Rosa Parks, Ada Lovelace and Audrey Hepburn however, they didn’t come in the Amazon group deal so those will come at a later date.  I have also found these books locally at Winners if you are looking.

I do often feel guilty for being a lazy feminist. For being not as socially active as I want myself to be. I’m grateful to these women who just didn’t lend their voices, but often gave up their freedom, their families, their lives, their ease of living or reputations so that I could have what they believed in without thought.

How to be a feminist.

-Support other women

-Use your voice

-Vote