Mothers often complain about how their bodies have been physically 'ruined' by childbirth. Gained weight, stretched skin, and scars are often the results of the pregnancy process, all of which don't fit into our basic image of 'beauty.' The miracle of childbirth is made into an act of martyrdom as post-pregnancy bodies are categorized as unattractive, only because they do not fit into the normal model of female physical elegance. Photographer Ashlee Wells Jackson, seeing this as a major issue, specifically deconstructs the negative conception of women's bodies after pregnancy in her photo collection titled '4th Trimester Bodies.'
A mother of three, Jackson became increasingly self-conscious of her body after giving birth to her children. Jackson discovered she was not alone in this sentiment, realizing many mothers feel the same way about their bodies after pregnancy. Rather than accept society's conception of beauty, Jackson began her collection with the goal of showcasing "the beauty inherent in the changes brought to [women’s] bodies through motherhood, child-birth and breastfeeding.”
Raw and sentimental all at once, Jackson's work is an uninhibited view on the motherly physical form. Reworking the societal framework of physical beauty, '4th Trimester Bodies' will show you how beautiful a women's body can be, regardless of whether she has had children. See for yourself below.
All women enrolled in a full-time university program in computer science, computer engineering and construction, and electrical, electronic and communications engineering will be eligible for a $3,000 scholarship each year for up to four years — by the end of their studies, this would total $12,000.
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Montreal has all kinds of different bars, but these changemakers say many of them fall short in making space for LGBTQIA2+ women. For this reason, Avery Burrow, event organizer, and Resto Keela teamed up to create 5 à 7s for LGBTQIA2+ women that take place twice a month.
The events were created for members of the LGBTQ2S+ community to connect. According to Burrow, "queer women can actually have a reoccurring space where they can meet each other, flirt, make friends, and feel safe," at these new 5 à 7s.
Keela has a cute wooden terrasse located on rue Atateken with a beautiful spacious interior. These events are set to take place every first and third Wednesday of the month for the entirety of the summer and all LGBTQIA2+ women are welcome.
"[It was] better than I ever could have imagined! [...] And the wildest part about it was that I knew almost no one there (insert joke about how the queer community is super small and we've all dated)," Burrow said when asked how the first event went.
"Also the age range was awesome — from 18-year-olds attending their first queer event to women in their 70s catching up with old friends. This is how a lesbian space should feel; welcoming to all ages, gender expressions, and ethnicities."
During the events, you can get a pint of beer for $5 and any speed rail drink for $6.
5 à 7 For LGBTQIA2+ Women At Keela
Address: Resto Keela; 1237, rue Atateken, Montreal, QC
When: Every first and third Wednesday of the month throughout the summer, starting at 5 p.m.
Women also benefitted from the increase in high-paying jobs, as they "saw a larger increase in the number of jobs paying $30 an hour or more than men. The percentage growth in employment offering this compensation for women was moreover two and a half times higher than for men."
However, between 2019 and 2020, women lost "twice as many paying less than $20 an hour than men."
In addition, "people working in the finance, insurance, real estate and rental industries as well as professional, scientific and technical services [...] contributed nearly 40% to the overall increase in the number of jobs paid $30 an hour or more observed in 2020."
No matter where you work, Quebec's Act respecting labour standards, enforced by the Commission des normes, de l'équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST), lays out which days off you are entitled to take. Here are some of them.
The Quebec government specifies that employers must allow employees to be absent from work for the purpose of jury duty or to be a witness during a trial — so your employer cannot fire, suspend or discipline you for your absence.
Employers are not required to pay you if you are required to be absent for court. But prospective jurors and witnesses can claim an allowance or compensation for time spent in court.
If your employer penalizes you for a court absence, you can make a complaint with the Tribunal administratif du travail, in addition to taking any appropriate legal action.