Community Feature: Women I'd like you to meet!

Happy International Women’s Day loves!!! Here’s to a celebrating the strength we as women innately possess, the love that makes us great nurturers and caregivers and the wisdom that we share from generation to generation.

As a boy mom, I always thought I was raising my son to be a feminist. Respectful, kind and appreciative of the opposite sex. Isn't he cute :) This photo was taken a couple of years ago when we were visiting my grandma in Gaspésie.

Well, this morning he threw me a curve ball when he asked me why there wasn’t an Intentional Men’s Day… gulp!

I was stunned! Did none of what I taught him sink in?? So I asked him if he thought ALL women were free to work, open a bank account, vote, buy a home or even if the law protected them from abuse? “Well yeah mom, we don’t live in the stone ages anymore” is what he replied.

My heart sank. I realized that my work around educating him on this subject wasn’t over. Yes, while in many countries women’s rights have grown tenfold in the last 4 generations, this isn’t the case everywhere. And so as we continue to rally for change, this holiday is really about celebrating the many feminist achievements thus far and call to action to continue making progress, for ALL women!

So needless to say, I will definitely spend more time vocalizing my feminist views and educating my son to be more aware of the role he can play in empowering the opposite sex.

Besides setting an example as a mother, I also would like to take a moment to spotlight the achievements of a few women I admire deeply within my community. These women have taken their rights and freedoms very seriously and have achieved incredible things through business and / or philanthropy!

Sareka Sehgal, Owner of Design Zola, a local home decor & furniture store. Growing up in India, Sareka saw first hand the conditions women experienced in a less progressive part of the world. After moving to Montreal, she created a business that would support fair trade and local community initiatives back in India. Creating safe and good working conditions for artisans (mostly women) that craft the items she sells in her stores here. Those items are also eco-friendly, sustainably sourced and most often hand made. Her mission is to run an environmentally aware company which is, in my opinion, as beautiful as the items she carries in her store! You can visit the Design Zola website to learn more or go visit one of the stores in person to feast your eyes on the beautiful artifacts and furniture :)

Anie Rouleau, Founder & CEO of The Unscented Company, a local eco-responsible product company that is disrupting the industry in several exciting ways! The complete line of home and body care products are biodegradable, free from fragrances and packaged in refillable bottles. The mission, significantly reduce the plastic footprint while still succeeding in business. Even though she was up against major corporations, her resilience and determination to do good have resulted in huge accomplishments, including saving over 854K plastic bottles from going to landfills in 2020 alone! Have a look at the TUC website for more information and to view the entire product line!