Because I am a Girl..

March 5, 2011 by
Filed under: Advocacy, Community 

I am proud to be a girl.  Aren’t you?  This is the time to show it off and remember why.  I recognize in our history all the achievements girls and women have had to let me enjoy the freedoms I have.

Now, I have options.  I can go to university.  I can work outside my home after marriage.  I can earn an income to help support my family.  I can raise a family and work full time.  I can challenge myself to do anything I set my mind to.  Yet my options were not those of my grandmother’s.  So, I value them even more.  My options are not those of all women around the world, so I hold them dear and be thankful.

In terms of cloth diapers – I like my options and I have many creative, enthusiastic women to draw inspiration from.  In January, I got to meet Betsy Thomas, the co-founder of Bummis.  She has been in this business for more than 20 years and was willing to sit down with me on the couch in a hotel room to have a thoughtful conversation about my own business and potential directions to go.  The Real Diaper Association was organized in 2007 by many businesses – most of them founded and headed by women!  The great clients I meet through Changing Ways are fantastic women from all kinds of backgrounds who have different reasons to chose cloth because they have discovered cloth diapers.  Women who became fashion designers, nurses, midwifes, lactation consultants, doulas, chemical engineers, entrepreneurs, and more have had an impact on our choices for cloth diapers.  Thank you!

There are many strong campaigns going on this year which you can support your fellow women.

It’s the 100th International Women’s Day!  The special date to commemorate is Tuesday, March 8th!Because

The Girl Guides through the international WAGGGS movement have chosen girl empowerment as their theme this year.  At a local campfire at the Lansdowne Mall on February 20th, I sang the song Can A Woman?  See the words below and I ask you if you can relate to perhaps having asked these questions when you were young.

Women are people too.  This is a message that in the context of our history has been fairly recently accepted.  Remember the stories of Canadian women who fought for the right of other Canadian women to be known as people and not property under the laws?  The Famous Five changed our status as women and we’ve been constantly evolving.  Have you seen the high number of mommy blogs?

Now, we have to ask and support inspiring women to stand up for others against poverty, cruelness, and to take positions of power so that the womanly perspective can be heard around the world!  Are you a person who could lead other women? We need more women in power to make a global shift in how women are treated.  In our area, we seem to have it pretty good.  Or do we?

World Thinking Day 2011

Can A Woman?

(to the tune of “She’ll Be Coming Round the  Mountain”) Words by Iris Hirsch of GS Central Maryland

Can a woman fly an airplane? Yes she can, yes she can!

Can a woman build a building? Yes she can, yes she can!

Can a woman fight a fire?

Can a woman change a tire?

Can a woman lead a choir?

Yes she can, yes she can!


Can a woman be a lawyer? Yes she can, yes she can!

Can a woman fix an engine? Yes she can, yes she can!

Can a woman be a drummer?

Can a woman be a plumber?

Can she play ball in the summer?

Yes she can, yes she can!


Can a woman be a doctor? Yes she can, yes she can!

Can a woman drive a tractor? Yes she can. yes she can!

Can a woman lead a nation?

Can she run a TV station?

Can she head a corporation?

Yes she can, yes she can!


Just you wait until we’re older, then you’ll see

We’ll be women in tomorrow’s history!

As we grow up through the years

We’ll sing out loud and clear

Can we start the process here?

Yes we can, yes we can!!





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