Friday, December 24, 2010

Rousseff is Number 1

On January 1, 2011, Brazil will inaugurate its new President Dilma Rousseff, who will take office as Brazil’s first female head of government. In her twenties, Rousseff joined various left-wing and Marxist guerrilla groups who fought against military dictatorship. She was eventually arrested, tortured and jailed before rebuilding her life and starting a career in politics. Rousseff is an economist and politician succeeding the popular Lula.

Still drastically outnumbered in positions of power, women comprise a very small percentage of political and religious leaders, top-business owners and economic decision makers around the globe. According to a recent online article from Forbes, 18 out of 195 nations - or 9% of the world’s countries are lead by females (numbers include Rousseff). Of the Forbes 400 richest people in the world, 11% are women billionaires. Of the US' 500 largest publicly traded companies, 3% of CEO’s are female. And 0% of religious world leaders are women. WTF.


Forbes:The World’s Most Powerful Feminists and Least Powerful Women

Words from Brazil

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Wall of Femmes Zine sells out!

The last copy of Revolutionary Women (Montreal Edition) flew out the door today at Expozine, here in Montreal. It contained stencils of the women, alive and dead, who inspire us to do cool shit and kick patriarchal society in the ass. Hopefully more zines will be made soon, but in the mean time, ride your bike to the walkways at the Parc and St Laurent underpasses to get inspired.

And why not make your own homage to other trailblazing women while you are at it?

Friday, November 12, 2010

Nov 12: Happy 195th Birthday, Elizabeth Cady Stanton!

Elizabeth Cady Stanton was 24 when she attended an anti-slavery convention as a delegate from a local organization. She and the other women delegates were not allowed to participate and were made to sit in a roped off section out of view of the male participants.

"The oppression I saw everywhere swept across my soul, intensified now by many personal experiences."

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Who What Why

Wall of Femmes is a loose collective of feminists living in Montreal. Our aims are many:

-to promote wider recognition and knowledge of women we admire and find inspirational,
-to assert the people's ownership of public space,
-to counter the bombardment by mainstream media of negative, unhealthy, unattainable, sexist and/or objectified images of women in our public space.
-to engage in the public discourse and contribute to the unique culture of our city in a meaningful way.

The women we select to highlight come from all over the world and from all walks of life. Some are well known, some obscure, some controversial. They represent many different ideas and approaches, but all took control of their own lives, never asked permission, and strove to eliminate inequality wherever they found it.