I am a reluctant feminist mainly because I don’t think there should be such a thing. I have always considered myself and everyone else as people first. Gender never really enters the equation, at least not for me. The word feminist to me means believing that all people to be people is not a natural state.
I am a product of the 50’s and grew up at the height of the women’s movement. Did I participate, no, not really.
What I did do is make my own way. I became self employed at the age of 26. I owned a design firm for nearly 20 years and employed up to 12 people. When my passion for art could no longer be ignored, I sold my firm to pursue my art full time.
When I realized that I needed a website, well, I learnt how to do that. Now I have a thriving online business where I help other artists create an online presence. My point…
I had choices
With the advent of the internet and coaches like ArtbizCoach.com, there is help for the artist entrepreneur who wants to develop marketing skills and take control of their careers.
Artists now have choices
Shamsia Hassani, ‘Dreaming Graffiti with Banksy’, 2012. Image courtesy the artist.
Shamsia Hassani, Afghanistan’s first female street artist, emerges as a spokesperson for women’s rights in Kabul.
Since I have the internet and a choice, I have an idea.
Here’s the idea
Since the fundamental component of all my series revolves around women’s issues I would like to see my work help those that need it the most.
Malala Yousafzai was shot when returning from school for going to school. She survived
I was lucky, I had a college education, I was able to chose. I can not for one minute imagine NOT HAVING A CHOICE!
But there are so many girls (and boys too), but mostly girls, that due to tradition or religion don’t get to chose. They are married off as soon as they hit puberty and are often left having to fend for themselves and their children because of war, strife or circumstance.
As much as I would prefer to live with my ideals; gender inequality exists. It exists in Canada, the USA, throughout the western world and as that fight continues there are still girls, children, in developing nations that may never have the same choices that we have.
I believe in choice.
Since I have a choice, I choose to:
SUPPORT EDUCATION FOR GIRLS.
To facilitate this I have created an online shop to sell work from the “Open Book” series. This series speaks specifically to the education for girls movement.
With your generous purchase of my art, I am able to donate to Education for Girls charities.
Why am I doing this?
Because I have a choice, so I choose to Support Education of Girls then maybe someday they too will have a choice.
Please contact me if you have any questions.
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