Happy International Women's Day!
This year, Gender Across Borders asked bloggers, writers, and humanitarian organizations to think about "Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures."
Here's my question: Are women unfairly burdened with the gargantuan task of saving the planet?
What I know about women:
- They donate much more to charity than men (65 per cent of David Suzuki Foundation donors are women)
- They manage an average of 80 cents of every dollar spent
- They like to share, mobilize, and lead
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"I will be forwarding the green cleaning recipes to everyone I know." Donna of Calgary
"I'll post your green tips on my office door, make a 'green board' in my office and bring it up at our next staff Birthday Party! And share this info with my circles of friends." Stacey of Ottawa
What I know about many of you (my audience):
- Often classified as Compassionate Caretakers (PDF file)—family-focused individuals who experience many demands on money and time
- Environmentalism is not only about carbon footprint calculation, but ensuring there are healthy and safe places for families
- Feel strongly about Social Connectedness (PDF file) and are actively involved in community as youth group leaders, faith group volunteers and on parent-teacher school committees
- Women represent over 60 per cent of my Facebook audience and 90 per cent of my blog subscribers (over half are moms age 35-49)
Is it then an unfair burden that women are leading—or, dragging, depending on the day— the "green" movement?
Lindsay Coulter, Queen of Green