Feminine Harbor is contributing to a more sustainable, and empathetic world for women and children, designed by women’s shared experiences and storytelling.
What does a single mother who is 35 years old and a teacher have in common with two young ambitious visual artists in their early 20s and a successful author and entrepreneur in her 50s? The answer may surprise you, but it’s actually very simple: the dream of a better and safer world for women and children everywhere. This seemingly obvious, and yet still distant goal, has brought us together in magical ways despite our differences.
At Feminine Harbor we believe in a world where women can be leaders, where children matter, and where policies will take families and the environment into account first and foremost. We want to change how women see themselves. We do this by creating new media by women to women, which we hope will influence and shape culture in new ways. We want to inspire, to ignite, to create pathways and to encourage an understanding of the diversity that starts with our own story – in our own families. We also want to revive forgotten mythology and stories that are a part of our collective narrative and which honour women.
In a world where so many of our role models consist of celebrities, we want to show the dignity, and the beauty in everyday women so that we can rely more on one another. We believe that we need to create a culture of nurturance that elevates women everywhere – the nurses, the teachers, the lawyers, the stay at home moms, the grandmothers, the physiotherapists – in order for all of us to succeed.
We are committed to fostering cross-generational relationships and an understanding of diversity, while educating and empowering women through storytelling, the arts, and mythology. We also walk the talk – just click on our bios and you’ll see that our team embodies everything we believe in! We are the definition of what we would like to see in the world – diverse in age, in ethnicity, and in minds.
Our photo above illustrates the mythology we are purposefully trying to re-create. It was taken by the Nith River, in the beautiful town of Paris, ON, on the evening of the harvest moon in 2016. Nith is a term of respect that usually refers to the bond between great friends, and it also describes an individual with strong leadership qualities. The Nith River feeds into the Grand River – a sacred river for our First Nations, which are matriarchal societies that value women, life and the land, through their connection to nature.
The town of Paris, Ontario was also one of Canada’s strongest feminist communities in the 1930s, being fully (and successfully) run by women at one point. You can read more about that fascinating and almost forgotten chapter of our collective story in Joy Parr’s Gender of Breadwinners. By the way, we don’t use the term “history” here at Feminine Harbor, because we believe that the collective story of our humanity belongs to many people, and many voices.
We hope you’ll find our website useful, and that by experiencing our stories, you will feel inspired to take on your own journey, wherever it may lead you. Feminine Harbor is just a resting place for women who know where they’ve come from, and who are not afraid of where they are headed. May we continue to bravely sail through this life together.