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It’s That Time of Year….Women of Distinction

Nomination Poster

One of the wonderful visions of YWCA Hamilton is to see women appropriately honoured and recognized for their role in society. Historically, women have simply been left out of the story. The truth is that there are women all over our city doing incredible work, day in and day out. Ultimately, our city is a better place. Women of Distinction is a signature YWCA event that seeks to highlight the achievements of local women. And celebrate we do! It’s a fun event for a great cause-because women deserve to be seen, heard and honoured.

Do you know a woman who has made a positive contribution to the city of Hamilton?  Please consider taking the time to nominate her.

Nominees are honoured at a dinner at the Hamilton Convention Centre on May 3rd, 2011.

The entire nomination package is here!

See the Nomination Poster here!

Are you interested in sponsoring the event? See this form here!

For more information or if you have any questions please contact Marj at 905-522-9922 x 127 or mfarquharson@ywcahamilton.org

Please spread the word and nominate the outstanding women in your world.

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YWCA Canada is a great source of inspiration when it comes to issues that are of interest to many women. Are you their friend on facebook? Because they share a lot of awesome resources.

Here are two great videos recently passed on by the incredible women at YWCA Canada:

Jean Kilbourne continues to uncover and analyze media messages to women and girls. Her videos Killing Me Softly are often a staple in many intro Women Studies courses and were an important aspect of my own “coming to awareness”.

Also, an excellent commercial from First Nations youth responding to violence against Grandmothers:

Be sure to check out YWCA Canada (and MANY YWCAs across the world on twitter

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TED Women: Hillary Clinton

I love TED Talks; Powerhouse conferences where speakers from all over the world come to share a 20 minute talk on issues from world peace and poverty to how to talk to your kids about sex. They are short, inspiring and best yet….free. Recently, TED hosted an all female speaking lineup at TED Women. In the next little while I’ll be sharing some videos from the conference. I hope that you feel inspired and encouraged about the wealth of wisdom that women possess.

First up?

Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton

Please click HERE to be directed to the video!

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2010 Spirit of the Redhill Valley Lecture- Judy Rebick

Women have the capability to change the world. Judy Rebick is one of these women. A journalist, activist, feminist, and an author.

Her accomplishments are too numerous to mention but here are a few snippets:

-she is a  founder of the INCREDIBLE alternative news website rabble.ca

-she’s writing several books and articles- her newest

-she is passionate about climate change, women’s empowerment and social justice

-she was a former president of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women

-She was a part of the battle for employment equity in the province of Ontario


She’s speaking in Hamilton this week!

Please check out the facebook event and be sure to attend for an inspiring (and FREE) evening.

Who: Judy Rebick Lecture

Where: Unitarian Church on Dundurn St.

When: 7:30pm

Hope  to see you there!

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Do you know TED?

You may have heard of TED talks already–they are as their slogan indicates “ideas worth spreading”. You can read a little bit more about TED here.  Basically, they are inspiring talks videorecorded at the annual TED Conferences. There are hundreds of videos of amazing people sharing their ideas on everything from design and technology to women’s rights and combating HIV/AIDS. It’s an excellent way to spend 20 minutes. Prepare to be inspired when watching these videos!

You can also get TED talks and video podcasts for your ipod–for free! Just check out the itunes store and search under “podcasts”.

I found the video below completely inspiring. It helps us reframe the way we see women, tradition and resistance.