Happy Birthday to Doris Day

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Today, April 3rd, is the 97th birthday of the incomparable Ms. Doris Day.

Many in the younger generation may not know who this woman is but let me tell you a bit about Doris Day -

Doris was America’s sweetheart when she was in her prime in the 50’s and 60’s. She not only recorded more than 650 songs but she also starred in dozens of popular movies including April in Paris, Please Don’t Eat the Daisies and Pillow Talk. She often portrayed an independent working woman and had an easy smile and twinkle in her eye that translated remarkably well on film. Back in her heyday she was the top singing star on the planet and she positively influenced many a young girl, myself included.

Doris Day’s singing voice is golden. There’s just something about her lovely tone and delivery that never fails to cheer me up and put a smile on my face. Just listen to her sing her most famous song ‘Que Sera Sera’

In her later years Doris became an advocate for animals rights and not only denounced wearing fur as early as 1971 (enlisting support from other stars including Mary Tyler Moore) but she also created the Doris Day Animal Foundation to help animals find homes, get spayed and ensure their general well-being. This foundation still exists and she has also helped other animal organizations and endeavours.

I found this quote from her and think it exemplifies her life and ambitions perfectly and I hope her birthday is happy with the knowledge that she accomplished all she set out to.

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Posted on April 3, 2019 .

International Women's Day 2019

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Today is International Women’s Day and while I recognize that it is wonderful and necessary to allocate a specific day to recognize the contributions and tribulations of women all over the world, I honestly feel like every day is women’s day. I suppose this mostly stems from the fact that my invention, business and day-to-day existence revolves around empowering women across the globe.

Ever since I committed myself and livelihood to this enterprise of providing young women with information about all the phases of the menstrual cycle, I have been cognizant that this applies to ALL women across this lovely planet we call home. Menstrucation (a new word coined to combine menstruation and education) is a global issue and many people wrongly assume that women in the developed world are well-informed. Unfortunately, that is a gross overstatement and to perpetuate it does everyone a disservice. While it is true that some women, regardless of where they are located, possess detailed knowledge, that is often the exception and not the norm. These educated girls were exceptionally lucky because they spent time with a caring and forthright teacher, parent, sibling, friend, mentor or relation who recognized the importance of explaining the cycle in correct and factual detail. In my experience, most people are uncomfortable discussing periods and thus they rush the lesson(s) or joke around during it. In a perfect world, all girls would enjoy a thorough education regarding their amazing bodies and would receive this in a setting that is conducive to discussion and not embarrassment. We all know that the world is not perfect and so my mission is ongoing.

Today it came to my attention that the marvellous Annie Lennox has launched a #GlobalFeminism initiative and I am fully onboard with this as menstrucation is a global issue. Check out the recently released video highlighting the need for this campaign.

There are thousands of events happening in my city and around the world today to celebrate International Women’s Day. Regrettably I am under the weather and staying home but I wonder, are you doing anything special today in honour of International Women’s Day?