Just last night we were learning the news. Valérie Plante, this politician still unknown to the general public only a few months ago, is now the first woman to be mayor in Montreal. 375th, you will have known how to surprise us! Honestly, I don’t want to get into an ideological debate or a political one, but if only for the fact that after 400 years, the 2nd most important city in Canada finally has a woman at its helm. It was about time!
At first, I didn’t believe it. After all, with what happened in the U.S.A., we were all under the impression that the world might not be ready just yet. Weren’t we wrong! Leaving everyone stunned, Valérie Plate has made history. And it was about time that things change! It is about time that women access positions of power. I am not only referring to politically either. More and more women are starting businesses or becoming CEOs. More and more women are taking the spotlight instead of staying home with their kids and their pots and pans (OK I’m coming off really strong here, I know…) However, this is still a reality in many families and for many women. Just think about your grandmother or even your mother. It is often still them that take care of the household, the housework, meals, no? Thankfully the times are changing. I remember when I was young, I did not understand the concept of feminism. In my mind, it didn’t make any sense, because in my 10-year-old mind, there wasn’t any differences between me and the boys around me. Isn’t it wonderful to be so naïve at that age! Unfortunately, I quickly understand that there was still a lot of work to do.
I do stay hopeful! Women are taking up more space, roles are starting to be more balanced and our habits are slowly changing. I’m lucky, in my couple, my 10-year-old mind still comes up. Between my boyfriend and I, our household chores and work are not divided by gender and it is perfect that way.
I am also hopeful that the kids of today won’t have to adjust their visions in 10 years. Maybe by then, feminism will finally be a thing of history because we will no longer need it. Maybe… just maybe…
For now, congratulations to our first woman mayor of Montreal, you go girl!
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