In the beginning, God had a plan of peace and abundance for men and women. The plan was that, as equal partners and working in unity with our Creator, man and woman would take care of the earth in joyful, purposeful harmony, forever. The plan went astray, but God has paved the way to return to it once again.
We are grateful to people like Henrietta Muir Edwards who campaigned for the justice of all people. Still, after 150 years of progress and increasing equality, many women are not yet experiencing true freedom. Biases still exist and the battle of the sexes hasn’t been resolved. For true freedom we need to recognize that the root is spiritual.
As we consider Canada’s future and honour our past, let us all embrace the truth that, with God’s blessing and purpose, we each have the potential to be the next Nellie McClung.
The "Fearless Girl" tells women that no dream is too low and no calling too high. Many women have not recognized who they are, and who they were meant to be. Our Creator meant for women to be powerful and fearless...a perfect complement (not competitor) with men.
As we see with the debate on Islamophobia and religious discrimination, true peace, freedom and security still elude us. Why? Because it doesn't come from social movements or human laws: it comes from a changed heart. And changing someone’s heart is something only God has the power to do.
The fact that women earn less than men is really just a symptom of the malaise that exists in our cultures and of corruption in our thinking. We need true change from the inside out.
The arising of women is fruit of the kingdom of God, because equality was His idea from the beginning. Not sameness, but equality. As men and women cooperate and honour and respect one another, this force for change cannot be stopped.