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Thursday, November 05, 2015

Finally Fair Paint Party Friday


Happy Harvey
I was the young woman who encouraged friends to have a credit cards for credit purposes only. Not to charge up a card on frivolity then find yourself in a jam. I wanted women to be independent, build  credit  outside of their partners in case of emergencies such as death or divorce!
 I came up against males who hated that I earned more than my spouse for a time. One neighbour whose hair I routinely trimmed for free was  furious at my suggestion his wife have her own credit rating! We fought!
 
I find it hard to believe  forty years later women are still often disregarded for business and mortgage loans having to jump many hoops to qualify!
Over the years I've observed  women set up for failure in government, and other situations. Often used as the scapegoats when there is no chance at success... It's sad but it happens all too often!

 So raising a strong woman comes along with building high esteem and a very thick skin. I can assure you it's not always popular to be an assertive woman...some feel very threatened by it.

When I came up against the patriarchy twenty years ago  it was a lesson of a lifetime. A lone woman, fighting for my child's rights, and my own. I stayed strong but it was difficult beyond words. It was my peaceful articulate demeanor that powered me through.

 
 My daughter has only ever worked for very strong assertive woman. Although she is empathetic in so many ways, she has little  tolerance for nonsense from males. Treat her
as your equal and she'll afford you the same respect.
Cupcake appreciates what a  lovely  kind husband she has!  Beardo's  not the buy my wife diamonds kind of guy, instead he does loving gestures daily so she always feel valued! Which she  prefers. Yet he'd buy, or build her the moon if he could. 

I'm proud of my daughters honed  bravado and nothing excites me 
more than knowing she has her husbands full support!! 
I often watch his loving  expression as he observes his feisty
 little woman in action...She is a loving, generous, kind woman
 who expects equality for all!

Sadly the curmudgeons of my generation have not
always made it easier for women or young people!  
So this week I was pleased to see our new P.M. 
appoint more qualified females to parliament! 

 I'm excited to finally see gender parity in parliament!
What a beautifully diverse Country we are!
Oh happy day!
 It's a joy to see young people finally
feeling politically motivated too!
Have you always been treated fairly?

35 comments:

Valerie-Jael said...

Good post, women really have it harder than men, so it's important to do something about it. I always had an extremely hard life, from childhood on, but I think it made me stronger. Love your fun pictures, too. Happy PPF, hugs, Valerie

Clare Lloyd said...

Happy PPF. Super art work.

Neesie said...

Such an interesting post Giggles. I loved reading your wise words. Cupcake and Beardo sound like they have a good balance in their relationship.
I also adore your fun artwork too. The eyes draw me in.
Happy PPF to you :D

sirkkis said...

Wise thoughts. In my country although things are quite well, the salary of wimen is only 80 % of men's.
I always enjoy your colourful paintings.
Happy PPF ♥

Kate Robertson said...

Fabulous post, I have loved seeing the wonderful things happening politically in Canada. Happy PPF.

My name is Erika. said...

Your puppy in your dog piece looks so sad! I hope he's not really sad. But I always love the bright colors you use. I think its hard to believe woman are still struggling for decent jobs and places, although I know they do. We always think we are so 'advanced" compared to some places, but I guess for all the way we've come (and are coming) we haven't quite got there yet. Have a great weekend!

sheila 77 said...

I think times must have changed a lot since I was working or maybe it depends on the profession, as there didn't seem to this problem where I worked.
Your paintings here are so colourful, I love bunny who is keeping an eye open, and the puppy who seems to be asking something, and of course I love the happy birds who sing. There are some very effective colour changes here too.

Karla B said...

Lovely post, my friend!Now about being treated fairly...well, I suppose we need a revolution to achieve that here. Happy PPF ♥

Viola said...

Such cosy beautiful paintings, I love your strong colors! :)
And I love to read your strong stories.
It upsets me several things you are telling here.. In my country, althought I cannot say it's for each and one, we have each our wallet, if you understand what I mean, and each our credit card. I think that's normal here. So I think it would come to a greater stand up here, if a husman should decide whether his wife shoul have a credit card or not!
Even though, I know I've struggled about things making me frustrated, considering the man woman themes.. :))
Hugs from me :)

Christine said...

Love your funky art and a great post today! We are lucky to live in Canada.

Carol said...

Your art is amazing this week as always and your words are thought provoking . Your daughter and son-in-law are so well suited for each other and have such an admirable relationship ♥ You would think that women would be in a better place by this point in time....we've come a long way but it's still a battle to be won.

arianezuber said...

True words! Have a beautyful weekend ...

Faye said...

Great post accompanied by your delightful and whimsical illustrations, Sherrie! I remember when my dh and I applied for my first credit card so that I could make purchases, but more importantly establish credit on my own. I think my first limit was $500, but it was a start. About the same time, we got me into a mutual fund, which has grown over the years. Those two things were important to me for the very reasons you mention in your post.

Linda Kunsman said...

what a sweet array of wonderful, colorful paintings-love them!! I too built up my own credit ratings by having my own cards and bank loans etc. Thankfully I have a personal very high credit score to this day. So important. Happy PPF!

Janet said...

I've been absent for too long and missed seeing your bright, happy art.

My husband and I have separate credit, and separate bank accounts plus one account that is joint. I have also maintained my maiden name. I think it's vital to have your own credit history (my credit rating is always better than HB's)and your own money. I never feel like I have to go to him for money. We share the household expenses and it all works out great.

Marji said...

Great post. My hubs of 30 years and I just bought a second home Always, his name has been first on our joint accounts and I've been the spouse or co-signer. But this time - my name was first on all of the papers - it felt weird and empowering at the same time.

froebelsternchen Susi said...

What a great post again! And your funky art is superb!
Happy PPF!
oxo
Susi

kat said...

So good to visit here again with your unique art and musings. Blessings to you and yours. xx

Suz said...

What a wonderful post to go along with your art! Yes, I have always been strong. My mother was a hell raiser and did pretty much what she pleased. She had credit before my dad. That used to upset him a lot but he always paid cash for everything he could. I was a real introvert in my younger days but inherited my mom's strong will.

Paper rainbow said...

Wonderful post and well done Canada for motivating women to become politically involved. It makes me sad when do many young women are unintersested in politics. I recently saw the new Sufragette movie. Now that really brought home the ability of women to come together and change things for good conquering a unfair and unjust society.

Lorraine said...

hello again love your characters

Julie Ann Lee said...

Your posts always make me think! I recall saving hard when I started work as a teacher until I had the money to put a deposit on a flat of my own. I went along to the Building Society, only to be told by the Manager to return with a fiancé, as it would be impossible for me to afford to buy a property if I didn't have a husband! This was in 1979! A few years later I tried again and I was accepted by a different mortgage company. I did marry eventually and I had a family; but both my husband and I had our own homes and we were able to combine to purchase our family home. We have always encouraged our daughter to be her own person. I really love the vivid colours you always use in your posts. Your animals and your people always have so much character. xx

Tammie Dickerson said...

Wonderful, thoughtful post, as always! Every woman should have the confidence to conquer whatever she chooses in life!! Happy PPF :)

Studio Kaufmann said...

Great post! Yes like many women I find finances to be tedious but I do try. I have of course been treated unfairly and not always by men. Happy PPF

Nicole/Beadwright said...

Love this post. I come from a line of very strong independent women and raised my daughter that was as well.
Love this art.
Nicole/Beadwright

Lisa Isabella Russo said...

Such thoughts with such strength and caring for others. I'm glad you encouraged women to get their own ratings and that you raised such a wonderful daughter. Your art is so sweet and charming!

Jeannette said...

Wow,amazing colorful cute faces you painted,its superb,love your style.

NatashaMay said...

Wonderful paintings! Love the dog. :) And your insights are profound as always.

Lynn Richards said...

I'm loving all the colors in you work this week! I too, have a strong daughter and am so thankful for her husband who treats her with so much respect. I didn't have to go it alone with her, but had to fight for what and how I believed in my own family growing up.
What a wonderful post!

denthe said...

Love the painting of the two women together. And I'm so pleased that you are happy with your new government! It does sound like a big improvement.
I've been reading a lot about women in muslim countries, and I am so thankful to have been born in a western country. I agree there are still some issues to be solved here too, but in general women are treated as equal to men, and we have the same rights. I've never really come up against sexism in the workplace. I guess it also depends where you are working...

Laila said...

In an early stage of my life I learned to be responsible, and that led me to thoughts like: nobody can mistreat me unless I let them. Easy to conclude like that, but it has had a great impact in my life and I've even quit jobs because of male bosses expecting more from me for less money. I am strong and proud of it.
Love your art, also seeing it in different color combos.

Ileana said...

I have not always been treated fairly but I don't allow people who try to belittle me to suck up any more of my time. I've learned throughout the years not to be a people pleaser but to honor and please myself first. Then I can have the energy to help those who truly need and appreciate what I can give. Great post and beautiful art to illustrate your point. You're a great mom and I love how you roll! :)

Nordljus said...

Great post, even in our emancipated times, there is still a lot of inequality between men and women. I don't know about credit, but there is still a considerable gap when it comes to salaries between mend and women here. I'm working in a profession where women are the majority, and the men are not the macho manager kind of type. Although to be fair, women can be difficult too, and I had some impossible female bosses in my time.

pauline said...

oh my dear, could i tell you stories... ;)

It's reassuring to know that there are men like Beardo out there.
Your artwork is great, but i especially love the mother & daughter one.
And yes, I too am proud to be Canadian these days. Love that "Canada" is finally well represented in the house of parliament. Change is good. Especially when it's GOOD change. xx

Gibby Frogett said...

Fabulous post and your artwork is really cool!
Gill x

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