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Women Reverends Challenge Stereotypes With Calendar

Real Women, Real Ministers is a calendar featuring women of the cloth from around Canada showing off their personalities.
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Real Women, Real Ministers is a calendar featuring women of the cloth from around Canada showing off their personalities, reports CBC News.

“We often are compared to our male counterparts and expected to be more complacent and not challenge the norm,” Deer Lake United Church Reverend Tracy Fairfield—who is featured with her family as February in the calendar—told CBC Radio The Early Edition’s Rick Cluff.

The idea started to brew after Rev. Trisha Elliott, a United Church minister in Ottawa was told by a photographer that she had to “look like a minister.”

Two printings of the calendar have already sold out. Fairfield isn’t sure if a 2016 calendar is in the works. “It’s a provocative idea,” she told CBC News. “I don’t know if it’s one to be duplicated.”

Women reverends are seen trying on heels, biking, dancing, on the air, with their families, and celebrating LGBTO pride.

The calendar even features Rev. Nancy Best, who is Metis and whose maternal grandmother was Mohawk.

Click here to hear the full interview about challenging stereotypes with Fairfield.