Celebrating Girls and Women

My little town of Wolfville, Nova Scotia, is having its own version of the Women’s March on Washington tomorrow, with participants, as one voice, reading Maya Angelou’s poem, “Phenomenal Woman.” (Performed so beautifully by Ruthie Foster in this video.)

The basic principle behind the March is that:

“Women’s rights are human rights, regardless of a woman’s race, ethnicity, religion, immigration status, sexual identity, gender expression, economic status, age or disability.”

I got to hang out with young people yesterday, one of my favourite parts of being a writer. The diversity of Toronto city schools is inspiring, and it was great to see and hear the many vibrant, engaged and engaging, girls in those classes – the future. Rise up and stay strong! Let your voices be heard!

  6 comments for “Celebrating Girls and Women

  1. January 20, 2017 at 11:38 am

    This is great to hear, Jan. Way to go Wolfville!
    Glad you’re having such a great time in Toronto.I’m sure “Rocket Man” was a great hit with the kids. 😀

    • January 25, 2017 at 9:42 am

      One of these days I hope to tour you around Toronto – we’d have such fun!

  2. January 20, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    An awesome video! Spending time with young people is so inspiring. They are our future and they are amazing!! Enjoy your time.

    • January 25, 2017 at 9:41 am

      In Kingston, Ontario this week – one of my favourite cities (and my daughter lives here now). Thanks for reading, Darlene!

  3. mirkabreen
    January 23, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    Neon pink was never my favorite color, but it’s heartening to see a sea of hats a few days ago.

    • January 25, 2017 at 9:40 am

      I was in Toronto; not sure the total estimate, but there were tens of thousands marching. Hopefully that strength in numbers can effect change in attitudes going forward.

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