How it began in Marmora…..
In June of 2010, Janice was fortunate enough to attend the final weekend of Grail Lady Faire (it’s first year). While there she listened to a speaker who was talking about International Women’s Day and was encouraging communities to do something in commemoration of its 100th Anniversary March 8th, 2011. Well, that got her thinking and investigating this event. Here she was, 53, and she had never heard of this before! Upon her return home she started asking women in her town or when she was speaking in other areas if they knew about this very special day and to her dismay quickly came to realize she was not alone. This made her wonder why we were never taught about the Famous Five who changed the course of women’s rights in this country? She started thinking about what it was like for herself as a young girl entering the workforce, the comments that had been made and the small demonstrations she had taken part in when in high school and the controversy when then Prime Minister Trudeau brought in equal pay for equal work. Heck, she had lived through half of those 100 years and been part of the change!
She looked around at the young girls and women in the country today and sadly they have taken these rights for granted. So, rather than just talk to herself about it, she decided Marmora was going to have a Community Healing Meditation that would include men and women and offer a time of gratitude, forgiveness and healing to all the women who made an impact in our lives, our country and our world. And so it began and continues to increase in size and hopefully impact on our community. Just a small step but one that could influence many.
March 08, 2011, the members of Healing Circle Spiritual Growth Class ( a division of Mindful Journey) supported Janice’s decision to do something in the community to commemorate this very special 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day. With the support of the village, they held a community healing meditation at the town hall. People brought in their photos of women who had influenced them or lit a candle in memory of these women. The next year Janice felt it was going to grow so again, with the support of the village she was granted use of the community centre where 10 “women in business” set up a display of their services for guest to browse prior to and after the meditation. Mindful Journey then invited people to write a short story about a woman or women who had influenced them and had these stories on display. Many door prizes were drawn.
Then in 2013 Janice decided it would be even bigger so with the support again of Healing Circle and 17 holistic care women, the Women In Wellness Event was born. Now an annual event held on the first Saturday of March, this event sees 20 women in the wellness field whether they are intuitive readers, holistic practitioners or vendors come and provide mini sessions, offer specials and give wonderful talks to the numerous guests that enter the doors between 11am and 5 pm. Hungry? There is always a food vendor. The day is concluded with a guest speaker and community meditation. The energy is amazing! Best of all, the event is FREE to the public. All the vendors make a donation to the local Three Oaks Women’s Shelter. A wonderful day for everyone.
How does it get any better than this? Well, local businesses asked to take part in Women in Wellness but there just wasn’t enough space so…Janice went to the Municipality of Marmora and Lake and asked if they would declare March 1-8 as International Women’s Week…because one day is not enough. Guess what? They did! So in 2015 local businesses put up beautiful purple and white bows made by our own lovely Sue Heath of Flower’s By Sue on the storefronts, offered specials, workshops and various events. What a wonderful celebration this has become! Be sure to check out International Women’s Week page for a listing of this year’s events.
Do you have a story to tell?
Mindful Journey invites everyone to come and participate in this growing event where we honour our women and the healing feminine energy. Men, women and children are encouraged to submit a short story or poem that they feel tells about an event, experience involving being a woman or a special woman in their lives. See some that have been written…
Here are a few interesting things you may not know about women!
Think Women don’t have pull?
Did you know that women make 80% of the purchases? So, if we want healthier products on our store shelves, we women need to be mindful of what we are buying. Money talks in the business world and they will provide what we want to buy.
2/3 of the world’s work is done by women
1/2 of the world’s food is produced by women
10% of the income is made by women
1% of the property is owned by women
WOMEN’S RIGHTS IN CANADA:
1860 the fight was on for right for women to vote
1917 Ontario grants women the vote, most provinces follow
1918 women can vote federally
1927 Famous Five go to court, are women “person”
1928 Supreme Court says no
1929 court ruling overturned, women are now persons
1940 women in Quebec finally get the vote
1967 Royal Commission looking into equal pay for equal work
1977 Canadian Human Rights Act brings in basic rights to all
1982 Charter of Rights and Freedoms brought in equality of the sexes
A group of five women, known as the Famous Five, in April 1927 took on the Supreme Court of Canada by asking “does the word persons in section 24 of the British North America Act,1867, include women?” In the courts summary it was a definite “no” . Needless to say this was not the answer they were looking for. In 1929 the courts decision was overturned. Many thought this was a senseless campaign since the Senate by this time was a largely powerless body and the Canadian House of Commons had already elected its first female member in 1921. However, what this did establish was the right for women to hold any political office in Canada.
To read about each of the Famous 5, please select from the following:
Many people looked down on these protests but failed to see that not just women benefited from these changes. Often the ones fighting for the cause did not see the fruits of their labours but rather it was future generations that reaped the reward. It was and is about being treated equally as human beings with the compassion and honesty that all deserve. Many workplaces had unsafe and unhealthy standards until women and men grouped together to bring in changes.
The most memorable in North America was the fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company in Manhattan, USA. In 1909 the workers had went on strike demanding union rights but went back to work with nothing resolved. Then, Saturday March 1911, a fire broke out on the eighth floor. The executives on the tenth floor were warned and managed to escape to the roof where they were rescued from neighbouring buildings but no warning was given to the workers on the ninth floor until they saw the flames shooting up by their windows and coming up through the floor. Why didn’t they get out? Well, it was customary by this company to lock the immigrant female workers in so they would not leave until the job was done and could be checked that they didn’t steal. The locked doors sealed their fate. 146 workers, 129 women and 17 men all perished in the fire within eight minutes. The positive side of this horrible event was that so many were uproared, that changes were made to labour laws concerning length of work hours, safety conditions and eliminating night shifts for women and children. It was many women’s groups that led the protests that resulted in these changes.
One Flaw In Women
Women have strengths that amaze men…..
They bear hardships and they carry burdens,
but they hold happiness, love and joy.
They smile when they want to scream.
They sing when they want to cry.
They cry when they are happy
and laugh when they are nervous.
They fight for what they believe in…
They stand up to injustice.
They don’t take “no” for an answer
when they believe there is a better solution.
They go without so their family can have..
They go to the doctor with a frightened friend.
They love unconditionally.
They cry when their children excel
and cheer when their friends get awards.
They are happy when they hear about
a birth or a wedding.
Their hearts break when a friend dies.
They grieve at the loss of a family member,
yet they are strong when they
think there is no strength left.
They know that a hug and a kiss
can heal a broken heart.
Women come in all shapes, sizes and colors.
They’ll drive, fly, walk, run or e-mail you
to show how much they care about you.
The heart of a woman is what
makes the world keep turning.
They bring joy, hope and love.
They have compassion and ideas.
They give moral support to their
family and friends.
Women have vital things to say
and everything to give.
HOWEVER, IF THERE IS ONE FLAW IN WOMEN, IT IS THAT THEY FORGET THEIR WORTH.
Today the fight still continues but we are gaining strength in numbers. Let us not forget those who still struggle for their human rights. If a young girl is willing to put herself at risk, why shouldn’t we do something in support? Remember Malala Yousatzai of Pakistan?
Here in Canada, right now, it is a woman, Chief Theresa Spence, who is the force behind Idle No More Movement! Visit the facebook page to follow all the events that are happening world wide.
Buffy Saint Marie who has been an activist for 40 years, supports Chief Spence.
In India, women are coming together to stand up and demand the system change in rape charges. They are not going to stand by any longer!
Right here at home….
Take a look around your community and see the women who are running the shops, heading the programs and volunteering endless hours for a cause. Never underestimate the power of women! Everything you do, whether it is grand in scale or a simple gesture or kind word, leaves a footprint in your family and your community. One person can and does make a difference if only in one individual’s life. Women influence the children they raise, teach and care for. Women can change the way the world thinks by speaking up and acting out what is true to them. We honour all those who have taken the step forward to follow their heart to make positive changes in our world.
With this in mind, we come together to celebrate the “Women in Wellness”...those women who have chosen the path of healing. Come out and see and experience their unique services. Perhaps you can share your knowledge and wisdom with others too! Many of these women have chosen an unconventional path to bring natural healing to our lives and to the environment by realizing the importance of Mind,Body and Spirit in all areas of living.