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It’s bad enough that women have to contend with a glass ceiling that limits their advancement at work, not to mention a wage gap that translates into 73 cents being paid to women for every dollar paid to men—and less for women of colour. But for women who don’t fit in to society’s confines of acceptable body size, weight stigma is another bias that makes it more challenging to be treated equitably, let alone get ahead.

Winter 2017
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The Currency of Viola Desmond  by Evelyn C. White

Viola Desmond (right) will appear on the $10 Canadian bank note in 2018. This article, which appeared in Herizons Spring 2015 Special Issue on Women who Changed Canada, pays tribute to the civil rights icon.

Saving Russia's Only Rape Crisis Centre  by Emma Carter

“Syostry” means sisters in Russian. It is also the name of the country’s only rape crisis centre, located in the capital, Moscow. Known commonly by its English name, Sisters has been on the brink of closure since last year.

The Sweet Taste of Lemonade  by Cheryl Thompson

Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter never ceases to amaze audiences. For nearly 20 years, she has consistently recreated herself, her music and her brand.

It is easy to forget that she began her career in 1998 at age of 16 as part of the girl group Destiny’s Child. Since then, she’s become one of the most recognized R&B/pop singers in the world—and one of the most critiqued. With each album, listeners delve into her creative subconscious, and her latest (sixth) solo project, Lemonade, is no exception.


Misogyny Trumps Liberal Democracy
by Susan G. Cole

I admit I didn’t see it coming. In fact, I was one of those people who thought Hillary Clinton was going to crush Donald Trump and that when Trump’s trolls started protesting in the streets after his loss, the army was going

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Trump Trolls Invade Canada
by Penni Mitchell

I started out writing about the U.S. election, and how President--Donald Trump's misogyny factored in to Hillary Clinton’s loss.

But then I came to realize that the U.S. President is something of an easy target for Canadian...

Equality Should Be the Icing on the Marriage Cake
by Joanna Chiu

I am puzzled by many Western wedding traditions. My multicultural family chooses which customs to observe, and, usually, efforts are minimal. We may roast a duck on Thanksgiving, peer at the moon on Mid-Autumn Festival, or go to the movies on...

Ayuesha Mian Akram Guest Column
Refashioning Fashion
by Ayesha Mian Akram

As a Muslim woman who practices hijab—the wearing of modest clothing and covering my hair—I spend a lot of time navigating. I navigate the politics of being a Muslim woman in Canada and the politics of finding modest, yet

anti-feminist women, against feminism
Pussies Against Feminism
by Lyn Cockburn

They’re mostly well-educated, young and female, and they want us to know that they don’t need feminism.

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Books About Women's History
by Mary Ann Shadd, newspaper publisher

Because it's 2016, the centennary of the year when many women won the vote in provincial elections, Herizons offers up a list of books all about the contributions women made to Canada's equality rights throughout history, from...