International Women’s Day Celebrates Past Present and Future

International Women’s Day Celebrates Past Present and Future

International Women's Day celebrates the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. Women have many achievements to be proud of. The equality we enjoy is the result of the work of women (and men) before us. And yet, even in North America, many of us experience the residual discrimination leftover from years when we were not so fortunate. Regardless, none of us can deny we are lucky in comparison to women born in many other countries. The following video asks the question: "If all women had rights equal to those enjoyed by men, would there still Continue reading

I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar

I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar

I spent two hours listening to my mother talk on New Year's Day. On one occasion, when she let me get a word in, I reminded her about the year she left my father and bought a house. We spent a great majority of our free time dancing to the following song as it blared on our stereo. Although I'm sure the prospect of being alone terrified her, I remember that period as the most fun I've ever had with my mom. Suddenly, I had to hear the song again. I downloaded it on iTunes and played it for her over the phone. The words remain fantastically motivating and empowering for women, so I Continue reading

31 Days of Wishes – Equality

31 Days of Wishes – Equality

I wish for equality. Not just between men and women but between humans. A mutual respect for one another no matter your age, skin color, size, sex, profession or any other numerous characteristic judgements that can be made. Every human being has a place and a purpose on this planet and yet there are those that insist on bloating their self-worth through the attempted repression of others. As if belittling, negative comparisons and crushing another's dreams will generate power. What if we celebrated all that was different in each other? Understanding that every person has the exact Continue reading

Bringing Home the Bacon

Bringing Home the Bacon

I've been busy trying to build a couple of careers so I can go from "Mom with a Job" to "Career Woman with Kids." Lately I've felt as though I'm merging onto the Autobahn, pedal to the metal with barely enough time for a shoulder check. I've got to get there and I've got to do it as fast as possible. As I face my new career rush, I'm wondering how I'll maintain my personal and parental responsibilities, and make it through a divorce with my mental health intact. I've come to the realization that being able to "bring home the bacon, fry it up in the pan and never, ever let him forget he's Continue reading

Tagging Yourself as a WAHM is Bad for Business

Tagging Yourself as a WAHM is Bad for Business

I just watched a guest video post by Scott Stratten on www.jessicaknows.com where Scott suggests Work At Home Mom's should not advertise themselves as such. First, let me say, that I agree with everything Scott said. I operated my business while staying home with my kids, but rarely did my clients ever hear them. I didn't advertise that I was a WAHM (work at home mom), I refered to myself as self-employed. Why? There is a stigma attached to being a WAHM, an unwritten belief that if you've made nurturing your children a priority, you are somehow less of a business person. I don't take Continue reading

Forget the Glass Ceiling, What About The Sticky Floor?

Forget the Glass Ceiling, What About The Sticky Floor?

Over my life, there have been strides towards equality, and this past year has seen plentiful discussions of “breaking the glass ceiling” with Gov. Sarah Palin taking a run at the White House. Throughout her vice presidential campaign, I couldn’t help but wonder if a female Vice President would make any difference for the "average woman" at all. It seems to me that women still don’t have equality in their own families and the only way to make wide sweeping changes in attitudes is to begin in the home. This is the place where we formulate our ideas and raise our children with the beliefs and Continue reading