My work with Dear Laurel is all created with the empowerment of Women and Girls in mind as I consider myself as both a feminist and a mystical woman. My work is intended for children and adults of all ages, but specifically for those who have an interest in advancing women’s equality and joining me to learn different ways we can continue to support and further this continued effort of social transformation.
As a child, I loved illustrated stories and I’m sure my love for the Arts began by pouring over the detailed illustrations that always told a story even without the text. I learned some antiquated messages from them though, telling children how they must be in life. For boys, the imagery of being rough and tumble, the old boys will be boys comes to mind. For girls, that meant that we should be seen, not heard, be pretty and yes, maybe smart, be dutiful, take care of everyone and make sure not to cause any trouble or make anyone uncomfortable with our needs. Our fairy tales told girls that we should never stray from our path, but if we did, we could likely be saved by someone either a) burly or b) wealthy, but always handsome. We are still seeing this messaging and I fear that we are slipping backwards, unfortunately. I was privileged to be born in Canada, but we are not immune to misogyny that has mostly stayed just bubbling under the surface for centuries, and at times, boiled over. I feel we are at that point right now.
Telling my stories through Dear Laurel is my small but mighty contribution to work towards moving away from the harmful messaging for women and girls by telling new stories of myth and magic, with kindness always a key message. I am constantly learning and growing myself though. I know I have made many mistakes along the way, but I am proud to say I am an active participant of change open to continuously learning more on the topic of progressive and inclusive equality. When we know better, we do better.
Below are some current Canadian Government links on Women’s Rights and Human Rights. They read very well, but there is more work to be done, especially for Indigenous Women and all marginalized people and communities in our country. I’ve included some other links I found really informative and will continue to share and add to the list If my story resonates with you and you have a similar message that is appropriate for my readers, I’d love to share your website link.