We need a different kind of self defence for women

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Life Balance

I attended a self-defence course recently put on my the local police force. An amazing group of female officers volunteered their time to teach us how to prevent and deal with vicious attacks. They were great, but I felt something was fundamentally wrong. In effect they were teaching us how to “act as mad as we could” so we could fight from that “place of rage” by kicking, kneeing and scratching (good skills for sure!) I found it almost impossible to get really mad so I began asking this: What if we tapped our deepest feminine power instead? What if we trusted our deepest knowing and instincts around danger? I mean surely we bring intelligence and wisdom. I once again felt that I was being told that I was wrong (as a female) and had to change to protect myself (like a man would). I asked them to call me but have not heard yet. I think there is a better way to truly empower women, I am just not sure how. Any ideas?

 

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Tom Lawson Chief of Defence would have been fired in private sector

By now you may know about the outrageous and sexist comments that emerged out of Canadian Chief of Defence Staff General Tom Lawson’ mouth last week. He suggested that men are, “biologically wired, and there will be those who believe it is a reasonable thing to press themselves and their desires on others.” Yes that is what he said. Men are unable to control themselves. OMG. If this is from a senior official then this explains why everyone in the military is so confused about rape. Meanwhile in Australia the opposite occurred when Lt General David Morrison’s message “respect women or get out” got 1.5 million views. Is is so difficult for our Canadain military to simply say that treating women badly is wrong? Do it now.

 

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New female premier of Alberta brings in most powerful law

As a lawyer, I know that THE most powerful laws are those guaranteeing democracy. The BIGGEST barrier to democracy is corporate and union and “rich people” funding politicians. This is because in our system you can actually (through media) buy yourself into being elected. This is wrong. Premier Rachel Notley as her first act as leader introduced “Bill 1″ last week promising to ban union and corporate donations to candidates and political parties.This is why you elect women.

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Minerva has a great program for women leaders

The Minerva Foundation is now accepting applications for Women Leading the Way™ – a distinctive, hands-on, leadership training program for women who want to have an impact in business, government and community. Cohort 5 starts September 2015. Cohort 6 starts January 2016. For more information, call Jo-Anne at 604.683.7635 ext 228 or email wlw@theminervafoundation.com. Or go to: Minerva Leading the Way Program

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Read this beautiful article on male privilege – by a man

This is such an amazing article written by a man who understands how differently women are treated and how much more women need to do to simply be safe and accepted. I notice he is a social justice teacher. This type of article really helps build empathy….the secret tool to deep change! Male Privilege

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Please provide feedback on my girl’s books

Teen girlsHere are the “working” titles of my upcoming GIRLS books. Please tell me what you think. They are going to press during the summer…all fingers crossed

 

  1. Stop Sexing Me! Protect your daughter from sexism, stereotypes and sexualisation.This book describes the ways in which parents, teachers, and the media hold girls back. It provides practical strategies for parents and girls to not just build resilience but also shift the culture and mindsets that holds girls back.
  2.  Mean Girls: Stand up to cliques, bullies, peer pressure and popularity by empowering girls in a radical new way.This book describes why girls suffer so much from relational issues and shines a new light on the pressure-filled world of girls that is not only causing them to act out, but also shut down. It provides practical and easy ways to empower girls and at the same time challenge a sexualized culture that holds girls back.
  3.  Gritty is the New Pretty- Raise confident, courageous and resilient girls in a man’s world.This book provides practical strategies for raising girls’ self-esteem and resilience in a culture that pressures them to be pretty and perfect. It intelligent and practical strategies to be used immediately.

copyright: www.maureenfitzgerald.com

 

 

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Please provide feedback on my women’s books

Shira-Ben-Sasson-Furstenb-001It has taken a while but here they are: the titles of my upcoming women’s books. Please tell me what you think. they are going to press in the next month. Yippee

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Lean Out - Shatter the glass ceiling to success, happiness and work-life balance. This book describes how corporate cultures and business practices hold women back and provides powerful and practical strategies to help women shatter, not just break through, the glass ceiling
  2. Motherhood is Madness- Break the chains to happiness and success as a mother and wife. This book describes how the institution of motherhood and domestic responsibilities hold mothers back and provides immediately useful practical strategies to deal with the “sticky floor.”
  3.  Occupy Woman- How to be truly successful, powerful and free in a world that was made by men for men. This book describes how our patriarchal and dominance-based culture holds women back and provides practical strategies to not only free women but also shift our culture that keeps women powerless.

Copyright www.maureenfitzgerald.com

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Come to the UBC Institute for Future Legislators

UBC’s Summer Institute for Future Legislators takes place in Victoria in July and August. More information about the program is available at: www.democracy.arts.ubc.ca.  Thanks to VanCity and an anonymous donor, UBC’s Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions is pleased to announce that they have a limited number of grants and are especially keen to recruit women, First Nations, new Canadians, and visible minorities.  Please share with your networks, and let UBC know of any good prospects for this program! If you have questions, please contact: rebecca.monnerat@ubc.ca to learn more

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Come to Women’s Campaign School in Victoria

Want to learn essential campaign skills in a welcoming non-partisan environment? Register for Women’s Campaign School!
When: June 12-14, 2015
Where: Legislative Chambers, Victoria, BC
Registration Costs: $200 Regular, $100 Student/Volunteer/Women facing financial barriers
Register: http://www.womenvoters.ca/womens_campaign_school_2015
Instructors include: Speaker Linda Reid, MLA Carole James, Councilor Adriane Carr and many more!
Space is limited so register early!

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Every Woman in the World is this weekend in Whistler

I am so excited about speaking (twice!) at the Every Woman in the World Conference in Whistler. Its my favorite event of the year. Good food, good company and tons of laughs. Come if you can! The sun is out. Go to Every Woman

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