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    Femme Sweater | Edition 2

    When I first launched The Femme Sweater, I wanted to showcase women who had inspired me, fought for Canadian women’s rights and who had broken down the barriers to be the first at something. I am very proud of Edition 1, it allowed me to explore this new product, learn about these incredible women and flex my embroidery skills. As I started to think about Edition 2, I was flooded with women's names who would be perfect for The Femme Sweater, but I also thought of the women close to me in my life. It became pretty clear that no matter how many times I made this sweater I would never come close to showcasing all the women who have inspired myself and all of you!

    That is when the idea of making this Edition completely customizable came to life. You get to choose which three names you want showcased on your sweater and I figured if you were choosing the names, you should choose the thread colour too. I am so excited to see which names you choose, but in case you are having trouble getting inspired, below are the incredible women who helped me bring this campaign to life and they are sharing who and why they chose their names. 

    customized sweater, you choose 3 names, hand stitched on

    Amanda, Beauty and Lifestyle Blogger for AmandaGlowGetter chose 3 women who influenced her view on feminism."The names I chose are 3 women who have been influential in my understanding of intersectional feminist thought, which is the idea that racism and sexism are intertwined, and which informs a movement that centres the experiences of Black women. I chose “Sojourner” for Sojourner Truth, whose “Ain’t I a Woman” speech criticized the early feminist movement for leaving enslaved Black women behind. “Audre” is Audre Lorde, a Black lesbian writer who is still often quoted in discussions of whether we can work within the existing societal structures to create meaningful, antiracist change. And finally, “Kimberlé” is Kimberlé W. Crenshaw, a scholar of critical race theory who actually coined the phrase “intersectionality” and laid out the concept in a way that deeply resonated with me." 

    Katie, Digital Creator for YOW City Style  chose 3 people who all share her birthday, and they are three pretty awesome people! "What do Elton John, Aretha Franklin, Sarah Jessica Parker and I all have in common? We all share the same birthday! They say that the passion and energy of those born on March 25 is one of their most defining qualities. I've always admired the success stories of all three of these talented performers and their special mark they've left on our world. "

     

    customized femme sweater with grandmothers and mothers name hand embroidered on it

    I know when I was thinking about who I would put on my sweater, I immediately thought of the women in my life. Britt, Becca and Katie all choose their Grandmothers and Mothers because of the love, support and confidence they were given from these women. 

    Britt, Event Planner and Designer for Gloss Events and Decor "Jay, Joan & Maria: three amazing women that have each played an important role in moulding me into the woman I am today. Wearing their names on my Femme Sweater is a constant reminder of their inspiration."

    Becca, Artist and Calligrapher for Happy Ever Crafter "These are the names of 3 important women who made me who I am. Marilyn and Clara, my two beautiful and strong grandmothers who continue to inspire me even after they're gone. And Julie, my loving, strong and driven Mama who has been leading by example since the day I was born. Their names on this sweater mean the world to me."

    Katie, Visual Coordinator for EQ3 "The three women who I chose to put on my Copious Femme sweater are my mother, Judi, my Nana, Dorothy, and my Grandma, Joan. I chose their names as these women possess the skills and characteristics which I have always found unique and aim to emulate in both my daily life, and throughout my career. These women are creative and crafty, they love laughter and joy, celebrate tradition, and they are each unwaveringly generous." 

    customized femme sweater, choose 3 women who have influenced you and have them stitched on a sweater

    Anthonia, local Makeup Artist chose to feature her and her sisters names. "My closest friends know that Anthonia is my second name. My first name is actually Titi, it is a Nigerian name. The other two names are my sisters given names as well, my older sister Tope and little sister Tosin. My mom always loved the fact that our names all start with T's, so I made this sweater for her. All our names together on a nice sweater!"

    May, GM for Farinella, an incredible local Restaurant. She chose 3 women, (a couple you may recognize) who had inspired and uplifted her.

    “Donna and I met 9 years ago and it didn’t take us long to notice we both had a creative itch we needed to do something about. Together we started DM Stylist and she encouraged me to explore this passion of mine, she is the epitome of a strong woman encouraging strong women! 

    Throughout the journey of our company we met Kaja and she is still the funniest photographer I have ever worked with. She gave us a chance on something we hadn't really done before and she gave me the confidence to dive deeper into my creativity. 

    Everyone on my sweater is connected, if I hadn’t met Donna I may never have met Kaja, who would later introduce me to Carissa. We all connected through photo shoots we were doing and as cliche as it sounds, it was like *sparks flying*, we connected right away.

    I have had the huge honour of styling, modelling and wearing Copious, she has always trusted me with her shoots and genuinely just let me do my thing. There’s always self-doubt when you’re being creative because it’s your vision and you worry no one else will see what you see, but not with Carissa. She has always encouraged each artists’ personal vision and trusted it would fit into the bigger picture. Her energy encouraged self-growth into trusting that I’m good at what I do and to see myself the way Carissa does. 

    All in all, these 3 women in their own way have helped me find my confidence and creativity. They are all successful, hard-working and the top in their own trades, but they will always find the time to lift others up. It’s pretty incredible what women can create when they stand together. That’s what these 3 do, they encourage, enlighten and empower."

    I couldn't have said this better myself, THE FEMME SWEATER is about celebrating the people that encourage, enlighten and empower us. Whether you know them personally or are inspired by their work, you can show your love for them with your own Custom Femme Sweater. 

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    What to know to get your order in. First you choose what SWEATER COLOUR, then you choose what THREAD COLOUR you want your names embroidered in. Now go ahead place your order and at check out in the NOTES section type out the 3 names you want hand embroidered on your Femme Sweater. 

    ORDER yours as of Sept 11th

     

     

    Femme Sweater | Edition 1

    These past two years have been incredibly powerful for women; to watch so many of us step into the forefront, to be more honest and to tell our stories and our truth has been inspiring. It has also felt necessary and urgent, like we must tell the truth from now, so that everyone can understand what we go through each day, if we want change we must demand it and that means speaking about what is wrong.

    Watching leaders in our community step up and empower other women, had me feeling empowered and wanting to help shine a light on women who have inspired me and have helped push the boundaries and move our gender forward. I wanted to launch a product that would allow people to wear their love of supporting women and would also allow us to celebrate and learn more about the women who came before us. I also loved the idea of creating a product that allowed my customers to have their own input, any chance to interact with my #copiousladies and #copiousgents makes me so happy.

    The Femme Sweater is about celebrating and honouring the women who came before us, who broke the rules and who fought for their place, so that we could have ours. Each sweater will feature 3 women’s names that are hand embroidered and with EACH sweater purchased a $5 donation will be made to a charity that helps women.

    This Collections donations will be going to the Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre. They were established in 1974 and they provide counselling, a crisis line and information sessions to offer as much support in a crisis as possible. 

    ‘My Favourites’ - FRIDA, JOAN, GLORIA

    frida kahlo, joan jett, gloria steinem, feminist sweater hand embroidered in Ottawa

    Women have always related and loved Frida Kahlo and I believe it is because a common theme in her work was her life experience, which was filled with love and pain. She is widely known for her self-portraits and I have always connected with them and her because through her work she was always discovering herself, “I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best.” We should always be the person who knows ourselves best.

    Joan Jett is the founder of the 70’s rock band The Runaways and besides being a badass, my instant love for this woman is that she always said “I had no plan B, I was all in.” When you hear someone speak about their dream, like you speak about yours, it is hard not to love that person. She has always been vocal about sexism within the music industry and has advocated for change to the power structure within it, “if you’re not going to give a woman that kind of power, then what kind of power does she have, really?” She has also been a vocal feminist, an owner of her sexuality; she is strong, empowered and a role model for women.

    My favourite feminist, author, champion for equality and road traveler, Gloria Steinem, is the third women on ‘my favourites.' Her book, My Life on the Road is my bible, it is well worn and highlighted. My favourite part is her role in the 1977 National Women’s Conference, it was a profound moment in history and impressionable event for all the women who participated and just proves how important and powerful representation is! The quote I carry with me the most from her book “You will realize that this growth came from seeds you planted or watered or carried from place to place – and you’ll be rewarded in the way that we as communal beings need the most. You will know you made a difference.”  

    ‘Canadian Women’ – VIOLA, ROBERTA, NELLIE

    viola desmond, roberta bondar, nellie mclung, canadian women, hand embroidered in Ottawa

    The woman most recognized in Canada for standing up to segregation is Viola Desmond, the face of the Canadian $10 bill, but her story is so much more than that. Growing up she dreamed of owning and running her own beauty salon, but when she couldn’t get accepted into any Nova Scotia beauty schools because of the colour of her skin, she didn’t let that stop her dream. She attended schools in Montreal and the US, and with her educated she opened her own salon, then her own beauty school and created her own cosmetics line for darker complexions. On that fateful night in November 1946 when she refused to move out of what the theatre classified the “whites only” section, she was arrested and because segregation wasn’t Canadian Law, rather an unwritten rule, she was charged with tax evasion for not paying the full tax on a main-floor ticket, the difference of this amounted to ONLY one cent. She fought against the outright segregation in court and although she ultimately lost her court battle, she galvanized the Nova Scotia community and helped inspire Canadas civil rights movement.

    Roberta Bondar is SO many things, a neurologist, physician, educator, photographer and an astronaut, she was the first AND second Canadian woman in space. As a young girl she was instantly interested in science, her father built her a laboratory in their basement so she could conduct her experiments. Bondar was actively involved in her science team in high school and was a research assistant on her summers off, but still she got resistance from guidance counselors when she wanted to pursue science in university, they believed science wasn’t a field for women. After reading about all her incredible accomplishments it is safe to say she knew herself well and knew what she could achieve! Not only was she the first Canadian female in space, for her flight she was the payload specialist, which is the crew member in charge of carrying out the missions purpose.

    We all owe Nellie McClung a debt of gratitude for her political activism that helped get Canadian women the right to vote. It all started in 1914 when she was involved in the Political Equality League and they staged a satirical play on the dangers of allowing men to have the right to vote. It was entertaining and effective in helping turn the tide, and by 1916 Manitoba had granted women the right to vote with Saskatchewan following. Even after this monumental victory she continued to fight for the rights of others, ran political campaigns and authored 15 books, she was truly a force for political change.

    ‘First Women’ – PENNY, KATHRINE, ARETHA

    penny marshal, katherine switzer, aretha franklin, feminist women, hand embroidered in Ottawa

     Penny Marshall was the first female director to have a film gross more than $100 million. Before this though she started her career starring in Laverne and Shirley and then went on to direct some truly incredible films like A League of Their Own, Riding in Cars with Boys and BIG which was the film that grossed more than $100 million. Along with all these accomplishments she is also connected to another woman who was first at something, before directing movies, she directed the Jumpin’ Jack Flash music video, which Aretha Franklin starred in.

    In 1967, Kathrine Switzer broke the rules to do what she loves, she entered the Boston Marathon and became the first woman to officially run the marathon, even as organizers tried to physically hold her back. I actually listened to her story on an ESPN 30 for 30 podcast, Six Who Sat, and it was moving! It was powerful to hear it in her own voice, her passion for the sport, her drive to win and ultimately her desire to do what any male runner could do, enter and compete in a marathon. It was inspiring and again reinforced why we must fight for what we love.

    Aretha Franklin undoubtedly the Queen of Soul and a powerful voice in the music industry was also the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 1987 she solidified her reign while kicking down the door for other women in the music industry. To date the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has issues with the gender gap with their inductees, even when there are so many great Rock Queens!

     

    I adore all these Queens and can't wait to see which ones you choose to wear with pride. 

     

    All info for this post was found at the below links, books or podcast. 

    https://www.fridakahlo.org/

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/27/movies/joan-jett-bad-reputation-documentary.html

    http://www.gloriasteinem.com/about

    My Life on the Road Author Gloria Steinem

    https://humanrights.ca/story/one-womans-resistance?gclid=CjwKCAiAo7HwBRBKEiwAvC_Q8eWSWe62HOc-DVj6MfKfFYQWqEb8e9fVqzm7a5UJ0ZkWWvFcgutPIBoC2LoQAvD_BwE

    https://www.robertabondar.com/physician-and-scientist.html

    https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/roberta-bondar

    https://www.ournellie.com/learn/about-nellie/

    https://www.biography.com/actor/penny-marshall

    https://kathrineswitzer.com/1967-boston-marathon-the-real-story/

    https://ultimateclassicrock.com/aretha-franklin-rock-hall-of-fame/