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I am taking both my children, my son and my daughter, to the Ottawa Women’s March on Saturday.  We have talked about many reasons for why we are marching and why we will keep on marching, I wanted to share a few of them here with you.

We are marching because of the negative backlash to the new Gillette ad.  This awesome ad encourages men to ask themselves what they can do to help make things better, the answer provided involves “standing up to bullies, not allowing physical violence, and respecting women through gender equality–and more importantly, role modeling this behavior for the next generation of men.” Check out this article to watch the ad and see where that quote comes from:

https://www.fastcompany.com/90293402/gillette-responds-to-the-backlash-against-its-woke-viral-ad

The fact that there is anyone who can sit behind their keyboard and say that they are angry by this message is why we are marching.  We will keep on marching until the ideas of kindness, non-violence and equality are not met with rage and anger. 

We are marching to encourage more girls and women to dream big and seek leadership positions in whatever area they are inspired to work in.  We will keep on marching until women represent 50% of the world leaders and decision makers because research shows that “when women are significantly involved in a peace talk, there’s a much greater chance that that peace agreement is going to last”. Watch this awesome #BriefButSpectacular video to see where that quote comes from:

Brief But Spectacular: Swanee Hunt

"When you have so much suffering in a conflict area," says author and activist Swanee Hunt, "usually it's the women who are more sensitive to what's happening on the ground." #BriefButSpectacular

Posted by PBS NewsHour on Thursday, February 15, 2018

We are marching because when we unite our voices and work towards making things better, we really can effect positive change.  This is proven by the recent decision and then reversal by the Ottawa Catholic School Board to pull a graphic novel off the library shelves for the K-6 schools because in the book, there is a scene with two boys kissing.  For more information on this, check out my blog post at:

We are marching so that we can be part of the solution.  We are marching so that my children grow up believing in equality.  We are marching so that all of our children, but especially our girls, grow up believing that they have a voice, they have important things to say and they deserve a seat at the table.