Lots of Laughs and Inclusivity at LOL Comedy Show.

Too often, comedy can feel like a non-inclusive thing. That’s why comedians Erinn White, Suzie Taka, and Sarah Simpson are trying to change that with their comedy show LOL (Ladies and LGTBQ+ Out Loud).

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Host Erinn White admires the show from the back of venue, Open Sesame.

“We’re three comedians. So comedy is great, but comedy is obviously funny. But we felt sometimes comedy often isn’t feminist, it often isn’t queer-friendly, so we kind of wanted to make a home in downtown Kitchener where you could have something that’s both political, feminist progressive humor but also still super funny,” said Taka. Continue reading “Lots of Laughs and Inclusivity at LOL Comedy Show.”

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What is Tampon Tuesday?

Menstruation. Something every woman has to deal with, whether that is with sanitary pads, tampons, or alternative options. But what happens when you can’t afford those products? When you have to decide between buying groceries or feminine hygiene products? That’s where Holly Mastrogiacomo comes in.

Holly is the owner of Smitten Apparel, a consignment clothing store in Guelph, Ont. In addition to supporting and empowering women by selling clothing in a range of different sizes, Smitten Apparel has also implemented the Tampon Tuesday program as part of its community outreach. Founded in 2009 by CTV London, Tampon Tuesday holds events in which the admission is one box of menstrual hygiene items. Smitten Apparel has take this on as well, offering a five per cent discount on your purchase when you donate an item and a ballot entry to win a gift certificate.

Inspired by Holly’s story and her drive to create change in her community, I just HAD to interview her. We talked about Tampon Tuesday, her recent Goodworking experience, and her advice for women starting their own business. Click on the video below to see my full interview with Holly Mastrogiacomo, owner of Smitten Apparel.

For more information on Holly and Smitten Apparel, go to http://www.smittenapparel.ca. To learn more about Tampon Tuesday and get involved, go to http://www.tampontuesday.com.

Standing With Guelph and the Women’s March

Hundreds gathered in Market Square this past weekend to show just how strong girl power can be. The Guelph Supports Women’s March on Washington event was organized by Bree Woods and Leanne Kirk, on short notice. Despite the notice, the turnout was high and the event was filled with so much love, hope, and anger.

Anger towards the fact that we STILL have to fight for women’s rights after so many years, and anger towards the lack of equality. It was passionate, it was constructive and across all women’s marches, it showed that we aren’t screwing around.

I attended the women’s march for approximately an hour and a half, photographing the event and showing solidarity with the women participating across the world. The speeches were fantastic and hearing everybody sing together was an experience that I don’t think can be described. Below are some of my favourite photos, and some of the kick-ass signs I saw throughout the day. You should be so proud of yourself, ladies.

For more information on the Women’s March on Washington and what’s next, head to www.womensmarch.com.

An Interview With Lisa Lightbourn-Lay and Rhonda-Marie Avery, Director and Star of 8% No Limit

This week I am attending the Zonta Film Festival in Kitchener-Waterloo, a festival showcasing films that matter and are inspired by women. 9 films are being screened between November 8-10th, some of which have Q&A’s with the director afterwards. I had the opportunity to interview Lisa Lightbourn-Lay and Rhonda-Marie Avery, the director and the star of 8% No Limit, before their opening night screening.

8% No Limit follows Rhonda-Marie Avery, a woman with 8% vision who sets out to run the entire Bruce Trail. The Bruce Trail is 885km and Rhonda plans to run it in 20 days, with the help of approximately 50 guides. Keep reading to see the full interview!

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