There is a 900-pound tortoise living on my chest.
I’ve named it Chester.
Every time I check my phone, scroll through a news feed, or walk past a televised news broadcast, there is a heaviness around the world. Protests, marches, anger, revolt: we are outraged. There is relentless fear in the air, like a smoky kitchen with no window to open. And sometimes, it can be difficult to breathe.
There are times, when staring at my computer screen at my day-job, when I don’t feel like I can make a difference. I question: Why write? Why share stories? Why scroll through social media? Why do anything when there is a bleeding hole in the world right now; when people’s basic rights have been taken away? While I am grateful and privileged to live in Canada, there is a global sense of urgency to create change and positivity.
In honour of International Women’s Day and this year’s theme, #BeBoldForChange, I believe the importance of storytelling is needed more in times of stress, “fake news” and fear.
As women, we just want to be able to follow our passions, make a difference, live creatively, spend time with loved ones, get equal pay, have the freedom to choose what to do with our bodies, and not be persecuted for those things because of gender.
We can look to these stories to bring comfort, especially stories of women. We have so many inspiring stories to share this month – from an activist lawyer fighting for equality, to a post-doctoral fellow working at a MRI Lab at Sick Kids Hospital.
I know that an editor’s letter isn’t going to change the world, but if one post can uplift or inspire another woman, or young girl, Stef and I have done our jobs.
And Chester can go back to where he belongs, the ocean.
Editor & Co-Founder
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