Celebrating International Women’s Day

Here's to strong women / Femme Society

Happy International Women’s Day!

Today is a special day for one particular reason. International Women’s Day has been observed for over 100 years, dating back to the early 1900’s when 15,000 women marched through the streets of New York City insisting on shorter work hours, better pay and the right to vote. This march spurred a movement nothing short of a revolution that is still very alive and well in 2017. During the Women’s March on Washington on January 21, 2017, an estimated 4.8 million people marched world wide in solidarity for women’s rights. Although International Women’s Day celebrates the strides made towards gender parity, patriarch dissolve, access to education, protection against violence and gender equality, it sparks the conversation of how to further these achievements and the work still required to rid the glass ceiling from existence entirely.

I pledge to help women and girls achieve their ambitions

Whenever people ask me what my blog is about, I tell them my blog isn’t about me; it’s about the women of the world unsure of their worth. It’s about the women who dream of being something bigger. It’s for the girls who want to create their own path rather than follow the one forced upon them. It’s for the women that want to be leaders of change for their communities. It’s for the tribe full of brave, powerful and badass female warriors that I’m so proud to be in the company of.

International Women’s Day can mean something a little different to each of us. I encourage you to visit the International Women’s Day  website and #PledgeForParity to start conversations about women’s rights and influence the future of gender equality. What will you pledge for?

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What makes you feel powerful as a woman in 2017?

To celebrate diversity and strength of women in the 21st century, I asked some amazing Femme Society readers what makes them feel proud and powerful to be a woman in today’s society. Here’s what they had to say:

 

 “Being able to write and follow my dreams, whatever they may be at the moment. Being an equal partner in my marriage and I am excited for the day I’ll be a mother.” -Taylor

“Perfectly applied red lipstick or the sound of heels on hard floors. Both also give me a confidence boost. Watch out world, I’m here!” -Margaret

“I know that there are so many women that don’t and might never get to feel this way, but I personally feel proud and powerful to be a woman in 2017 because I know that I’m free and capable of pursuing my biggest goals and dreams without limitations. And that’s a dream I have for every woman. That our only limitation in life would be ourselves.” -Nicole

“Bold lipstick, even if I’m wearing sweatpants and haven’t shaved my legs in a week.” -Mallory

“I feel feminine when I feel powerful. Being female is powerful! Sometimes I feel powerful while I’m kicking ass in a work out. Sometimes I’m wearing heels and spending time with my girls. Other times it’s while I’m curled up on the couch with my sweetie. I have the power to choose the life I want to live, that is powerful!” -Rae

“I’m proud that I can be the one who has the big career and the most education in a relationship. I’m proud that I can be the bread winner and that is both accepted and encouraged.” -Kelsey

“I always feel feminine! It’s hard to just pick one thing. I like to think of myself as a badass woman warrior – as I think we all are whether we know it or not.” -Brittany

“As a woman in the modern age it’s so easy to find pride and strength in the things we can accomplish. Our career or ability to hold a career, juggle our children, cook dinner and still get a workout in. We are so quick to become prideful in our abilities, yet when we can’t seem to get it together, we beat ourselves up. We compare our inability’s to those who “have it all together”. The reality is we can’t do it all even though we so desperately want to. So what makes me feel proud and powerful in this age? Letting go. Letting go of expectations of myself or the expectations others hold over me. Saying no to the weight of my burdens that I can’t bare on my own and ultimately allowing the Lord to be my sustenance in life. What freedom it is to know I can’t do it all and that the burdens I carry don’t have to be my own, there is a God who carries them for me and gives me strength when I fall.” -Rebecca


How are you celebrating #IWD17? What are you pledging to #BeBoldForChange? Are you participating in a Day Without a Woman?

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girl behind the blog

Hello friends! Today I’m posting about the “girl behind the blog” which is a little different than my typical long-winded inspiration posts. I was tagged by my blogging pal The Fancy Sister (who is an absolute ray of sunshine and you should show her some love!) to share 10 Facts About Me which is awesome because the internet has been pretty serious lately if you pick up what I’m putting down…

In an effort to share more about myself with you (my cyber besties!) I hope to open up the door to more conversations and make this world a little lighter and friendlier. It sure doesn’t hurt to try! Feel free to jump on the train and join the #BloggersGetSocial conversation. Tag me (@femmesociety) on Instagram with the #BloggersGetSocial hashtag so I can say hello. Now, let’s get to it!

All about the girl behind the blog:

1. I love dogs. If you know me personally, you’ll know that I’m slightly dog obsessed. If I see a dog in public I will likely squeal with excitement like a 5-year-old and depending on how friendly the owner looks, I’ll ask if I can pet their pup. Alex and I will eventually get a pup when we have a bigger place but until then, petting stranger’s dogs will have to suffice.

2. I’m an only child. And yes, I love it. 

3. I HATE the gym. There’s a .0000001% chance you will ever see me working out in a gym. The environment just isn’t for me. Zumba or yoga classes however, are totally my jam.

4. I’ve never been anywhere tropical. Aside from visiting Florida in January 2013 for a conference, I’ve never been to Mexico, Hawaii, Cuba or anywhere tropical for a vacation. I can’t be the only one, can I? Alex and I have been dreaming to go to Hawaii one day soon so if you have any Hawaii suggestions, I’m all ears!

5. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve watched Gilmore Girls. I’ve watched the series with so many of my friends growing up and probably 15 times over since it’s been on Netflix. Okay, may not 15 times but you get it. And no, I HAVEN’T seen the revival yet because I want to finish rewatching season 7 before I’m ready. Ps. Paris Geller is my spirit animal.

6. I was a cheerleader in university. Having a life-long dance background, I thought it would be fun to join the TRU Wolfpack Cheerleaders in my first year of university. I had NEVER cheered before but I ended up loving it and definitely miss it sometimes! Here’s my roster photo as proof.

7. I love fly fishing. My family is big into fishing and camping so I learned how to fish at a young age. Every year I go on a fishing trip with my dad and step-mom and it’s always a competition between the three of us who can get the most fish.

8. I have six tattoos. Each of them mean something different to me and remind me of who I am. I love the way tattoos can tell your story and will probably get a few more in the future. 

9. I’ve been to Harvard. Being Canadian, the idea of American Ivy League schools is rather fascinating, at least to me. During a trip to Boston, the group I was with made it our mission to visit Harvard and for the record… it’s amazing. I totally had an Elle Woods meets pre-Yale Rory Gilmore moment. The buildings and history were incredible. I never wanted to leave!

10. I’m AWFUL at cooking. Ask any of my friends or old roommates what I’m not good at and they’ll definitely say cooking. In my first year of university, I almost burnt down my residence building trying to cook chicken breast for a stir fry. Luckily with the help of my crock pot and Alex as a kitchen supervisor, I’ve had less disasters and more yummy meals.

 

There you have it! Now it’s your turn – share 10 random facts about yourself and start a social conversation! Don’t forget to use the tag #BloggersGetSocial. 

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nasty women unite

 

Hello friends, I hope you’re all having wonderfully lazy Sunday! I know I am. My head is full of thoughts that I want to share with you today so fill that cup of coffee and get cozy!

Sunday thoughts / femmesociety.ca

 

First of all, I am so insanely proud of all the men and women who stood tall and participated in the #WomensMarch around the world yesterday. My Facebook feed was FULL of photos about the march. I literally spent hours just scrolling reading some of the most powerful signs and hearing speeches that nearly brought me to tears. Some of the most powerful were Buzzfeed’s Best Signs From Women’s Marches Across America, The New York Times’ Pictures from Women’s Marches on Every Continent, and of course America Ferrera’s Speech. My love goes out to the MILLIONS of people who marched for equality, dignity, and a future of non-complacency. We are all Nasty Women.

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Second of all, I had a lesson in confidence and self-worth last week as I found the strength to quit my corporate job in exchange for an opportunity I’ve been wanting for years. In short, I’ll be starting my new job at the end of the month at a university planning events for prospective students. For the past seven months or so, I had been feeling really down about my abilities in my line of work and how I was ever going to make a difference doing what I love. Thankfully my boyfriend Alex supported me like no other and really pushed me to believe in myself. Applying for this job was one of the first times that I took pride in my skills as an event planner and now I’m going to start a job that I only dreamed of having. The whole experience was perfect timing with the Women’s March because it reminded me that we should never should never doubt ourselves nor our capabilities in the professional world or any world for that matter. Anything is possible, you just have to believe in yourself.

 

And lastly, next week Alex and I are taking on a complete bedroom makeover starting with a king bed! After that we’re looking for matching side tables, lamps, full length mirror, and some pretty art for the walls. It’s going to be fun doing this project together but we’re both stuck on designs and haven’t found anything we like in the stores in our city. Friends… I really need your help! I would love to hear any bedroom decor ideas, inspiration, or links to your favourite home sites. I’m on Pinterest so feel free to spam me EVERYTHING!

 

Sending you love and encouragement for a great week. Dont’t forget to follow along on Instagram for daily inspiration! xoxo

 

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