Archives by Tag 'mothers and fathers'

Inspired and Inspiring – Michelle Obama

By Janet Graham - Last updated: Monday, October 24, 2016

To the First Lady, With Love Four thank-you notes to Michelle Obama, who has spent the past eight years quietly and confidently changing the course of American history. Just in case, you missed the New York Times this weekend.....I didn't want you to miss these thank-you notes. They pretty much say it all!! To read them, please follow this link http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/17/t-magazine/michelle-obama-chimamanda-ngozi-adichie-gloria-steinem-letter.html?em_pos=large&emc=edit_tz_20161021&nl=t-magazine&nlid=60283092&ref=headline&_r=0

Forty and Other F-words: Mid-Life Musings on the Relevance of Feminism

By Janet Graham - Last updated: Wednesday, June 1, 2016

The approach of some personal mile-markers has prompted me to think about feminism, equality, law and social change. And, I am more convinced than ever, as I approach my 40th birthday, that feminism remains relevant, both for me and for the younger woman lawyers coming up behind me.   I’m approaching some milestones this year.  My 40th birthday is approaching at the end of the summer, and my fifteen year law school reunion is coming then too, both of which signal that I’m no longer a “young lawyer”, by any stretch of the imagination. I’m now leaving behind unequivocally the status of being part of the “new generation” of lawyers, with gratitude, and without hesitation. And, at the same time, my children ...

Inspired and Inspiring – Valerie Pringle and Ryerson Lifeline Syria

By Janet Graham - Last updated: Wednesday, January 13, 2016

We received an email from Valerie Pringle this week and she has agreed I can share it with you.   Subject: Ryerson Lifeline Syria Update Happy New Year indeed! I wanted to give you the good news that the money you donated to our fund at Ryerson Lifeline Syria has been put to good use. The Al Hasan family arrived this weekend in Toronto.  They have moved into a 3-bedroom apartment at Hurontario and Burnamthorpe where there is a Syrian community.  They can walk to Square One, schools and the ESL centre. The Al Hasans ( Batal, Turkie and their four children; 20 year old Fusie, 17 year old Ali, 14 year old Rainia and 9 year old Nasimi) are from Aleppo but had to leave ...

Interview with Jane – Being a Working Mother

By Janet Graham - Last updated: Tuesday, November 11, 2014

I asked Jane whether she had any regrets about being a working mother, what it was like for her and how she dealt with the challenges and conflicts particular to working mothers   She says: “No I don’t have any regrets.  My children are very well-adjusted. They are 9 and 13.  Actually, I have four children because I have two step-children as well, so I have a 9 year-old, two 13 year-olds, and a 17 year-old.  Two of them are not living with me but it still means juggling and trying to prioritize.  You need to make sure that you get involved. I’m home every night for dinner with them; I don’t miss dinners.  When I have to travel occasionally to give ...