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Good Reads: Radical Homemakers

It really was the title that caused me to look twice. More specifically the word “radical”. I took a course on peace making in grad school and was surprised to learn the definition of the word radical.  One often thinks of “extreme” or “drastic” but the origin of the word means “to have roots”. Quiet different.

Because of cultural backlash the word “feminism” has somehow become very narrow. Women who have chosen not to work outside the home have faced criticism for not being “real” feminists. Recognizing that there in privilege in being able to “stay home” to raise one’s children (whether you are  male or female) what I love so much about feminism is that it gives women a choice. Women can choose to have no children. Women can choose to work and raise a family. Women can choose– that is what feminism is all about.

Now, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t strong stereotypes about homemaking (coincidentally the author holds a PhD!)

That’s why this book looks so interesting!

Here’s a little bit of background about the book:

Radical Homemakers uncovers a hidden revolution quietly taking hold across the United States.  It is the story of pioneering men and women who are redefining feminism and the good life by adhering to simple principles of ecological sustainability, social justice, community engagement and family well-being.  It explores the values, skills, motivations, accomplishments, power, challenges, joy and creative fulfillment  of Americans who are endeavoring to change the world by first reclaiming control of home and hearth.

You can see the book’s website here.

Another article about the book here.

Buy the book new or used here.

Have you read this book? If so, what did you think?

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Operation Beautiful

YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL.

Three small words, written on a Post-It note by Caitlin, a woman from Orlando, Florida, started a huge phenomenon called Operation Beautiful. The purpose of this movement is to get women to accept themselves and to end, as Caitlin calls it, fat talk.

Since we already wrote about Operation Beautiful a month ago on our blog, I’ll just skip to the newest update from the Operation Beautiful blog and announce the release of their own, new book; Operation Beautiful: Transforming the Way You See Yourself One Post-It Note at a Time.

Just because the movement is THAT awesome and THAT inspirational, they’ve brought their idea into print.

You can order your copy of the book, here, today.

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Rich by 26

YWCA Canada Board Member Leslie Scorgie made a big splash in the financial world when she began writing and speaking on financial literacy over 9 years ago. She’s even appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show!

In light of her newest book “Rich by 40”–the Globe and Mail ran a great article about Leslie and some of her tips for financial freedom.

You can order her new book “Rich by 40” HERE.


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Butter and Guns?

A recent Globe and Mail blog post takes note of the gender divide during Question Period. The article suggests that the two “big” stories of the fall- the H1N1 outbreak and the recent Afghan prisoner torture allegations have been have divided Parliament along gender lines. When asking about H1N1, the author notes that female MPs asked the female Health Minister but when the discussion turned to war, torture and terrorism, the female MPs were far more likely to sit quietly in their seats.

As stated by Taber:

 As a leading expert on women in politics, the University of Toronto’s Sylvia Bashevkin says this is not uncommon – women traditionally deal with the butter issues (social spending, health and the arts) and men with the gun issues.

Sylvia Bashevkin, the author of the excellent book Women, Power, Politics: The Hidden Story of Canada’s Unfinished Democracy , suggests that “… cabinet positions women historically were offered were portfolios that were seen as a logical extensional of a traditional maternal role: health, education, welfare, culture”.

Finance is another portfolio that appears to be biased. The Finance Minister is a male and so are all of his Critics.

Is this ok?

Does this even matter?

Blog author Jane Taber suggests it does matter.

it’s important for young people of both genders to see women operating in all aspects of public policy. It is equally important to see male politicians in non-traditional roles… Breaking gender stereotypes and having male and female MPs in non-traditional roles can pack more punch, argues Bashevkin: It makes public policy seem like it’s about all of us and not just some narrow spectrum either of only women who care about social policy or men who are equipped to know about whether it’s the economy or foreign affairs or defence…I think social policy, when voiced by a man, and defence or economic or foreign policy, when voiced by a woman, because it’s sort of breaking with stereotype, can often be more compelling, more resonant and more remembered.

Be sure to read the whole article HERE.

Cross-posted at Elect More Women


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A Good Read– Without Reservations: The Travels of an Independent Woman

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A perfect summer read, Without Reservations: The Travels of an Independent Womanby Alice Steinbach will allow you to jet around the world while enjoying your ‘staycation’.

According to the Library Journal (via amazon.ca) :

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Steinbach took an extended leave from her newspaper job to travel around Europe in search of spontaneity. She started off in Paris, where she got romantically involved with a Japanese man and shopped; moved on to London, where she shopped some more; took a course at Oxford University; and headed to Italy, where she wandered through Milan, Venice, Rome, and the Tuscan countryside–and shopped a bit more. Chapters begin with postcards sent to Alice from Alice, each with a bit of advice or a lesson learned. Steinbach, divorced and with grown children, appears to be much at ease traveling alone, making new friends along the way. Her mental journey through the past and present and the reassessment of her life, rather than descriptions of the places visited or the people met, are at the heart of the narrative.
—Linda M. Kaufmann, Massachusetts Coll. of Liberal Arts Freel Lib., North Adams
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

 

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