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Author: Carly Friesen

Carly Friesen

Carly Friesen is a Toronto-based advocate for equality, artist, and writer. She approaches her advocacy with the understanding that all oppression is interconnected and addresses women's rights issues from an intersectional feminist perspective. 

Black Women’s Identity in Canada: Parting the Roots of Black Hair with Simone Wright

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This post was originally published on Simone Wright is a dancer, fashion inspiration, business woman, and activist bringing attention to Black histories, Black hair, and Black identity in Canada. In 2017, Simone created , a photo project that shared archival photos of Black hair along with photos of herself, her family, and her friends. […]


How One Woman’s Vision Created a Feminist Art Community

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Ilene Sova is an artist, feminist, activist, and community builder. She is one of the many amazing women working to make Canada a safer and better place for women. She is also the founder of the or FAC. I recently spoke to Ilene about the Feminist Art Conference and why it was important for her […]


Art as Activism: Engaging with Feminist Art to Spur Social Change

Often times activism is seen strictly as people in the streets protesting with signs and chanting. Although protesting is an important part of feminist activism, it’s far from the only way to engage meaningfully in creating social change.

One of my favourite ways to engage with the fight for gender equality is through my art and through my work with the Feminist Art Conference, a Toronto-based showcase for multi-disciplinary art that touches on themes of rape culture, transphobia, racism, violence, environmental degradation, Indigenous issues, Islamophobia, and more. The conference aims to provide a space for discussion and the exploration of these issues in order to initiate progressive change.”


A Message to High School Students: Ignore Gender Stereotypes and Do What You Love

As a grade 12 student, I can clearly remember the stress of having to decide where I was going to apply to university. Would I apply to schools close to home, or to schools far away? Maybe even outside of Canada? It was a busy time, but one area in which I didn’t have any stress was what major I was going to apply for. I knew very clearly that I was going to study engineering.

You see, I had been told since I was young that I’m good at math and science, and therefore, I should go into a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) related field. I took great pride in the fact that I planned to study engineering. However, there was a negative side to this STEM encouragement. The praise for my early success with math and science courses often went so far as to mock those who excelled in English, sociology, or art.


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