It feels as though calling a convention featuring businesses owned and run by women “Yes, Women Can!” would come across as a little condescending to some people. But I’m not in charge of these things.
However, bringing nearly 100 businesses, all rural and locally owned or run by women, into one building for a one day convention and networking opportunity definitely has the potential to be a brilliant idea.
The third, and largest, “Yes, Women Can!” event was held in Vankleek Hill’s community centre over the weekend… it was, as far as I can tell, a huge success. I shot most of it for the local paper. There are, it turns out, an astonishing number of ‘new age’ clinics in this region. I think a third of the 70+ exhibits featured crystals, massages, makeovers or positive thinking exercises.
…mostly the rest of it was food, fashion and a VW Bug.
The convention had some really interesting presentations on mental health, spousal abuse and caring for elderly parents. And there were also live demonstrations on using karate for self-defence, dance aerobics, belly dancing and two fashion shows.
It’s hard not to present stereotypes when stereotypes make up most of the opportunities for careers. At least around here. If there had been a “Yes, Men Can!” convention, I’m sure most of the exhibits and booths would have featured construction equipment and AC/DC cover bands.
It’s just who “we” are, and the level of access to success we have.
The next one is in two years [link: here].
…anyway, of the nearly 700 photos I took during the event, this was one of my favourites. The model is part of the ‘Flash Coiffure Fashion Show’. I’ve put up two cropped versions, the wider crop is my personal favourite.
Update: neither version, for whatever reason, made it into the paper. Which seems odd. But, again, I’m not in charge.