Stories of Girls Making a Difference

Biography of Léa Clermont-Dion

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Name: Léa Clermont-Dion
Date: Born in 1991
Role: Feminist, advocate, blogger, political science student
Girlhood achievement: Advancement of the equality of women and girls in the media

Sexist stereotypes of women and the cult of thinness in the media have a negative impact across society. Léa Clermont-Dion recognized this and decided to put an end to it.

Born in Quebec, Léa has denounced the sexist representation of women in her life from an early age. She has openly called herself a feminist since 2003, when she met Françoise David, a feminist and Quebec politician. Léa has been concerned about the marketing of the female body since she was in high school, seeking a broader diversity of body images in advertising, magazines, the fashion industry and elsewhere. At age 14, she worked with Cathy Wong to organize a university conference to bring the issue of gender equality back to the forefront. At 16, Léa launched a petition calling on the government to intervene to encourage a diversity of body images in the fashion industry and the media. That initiative resulted in the creation of the Charte québécoise pour une image corporelle saine et diversifié [Quebec charter for healthy and diverse body images], signed by over 21,000 people at jesigneenligne.com since 2009. Léa's other achievements include having a seat on the Conseil du Statut de la femme from 2006 to 2008, a short film on prostitution (Sandra) and a YWCA Woman of Distinction Award.

Léa currently lives in France where she is pursuing her post-secondary studies at the Institut d'études politiques de Paris.

Léa Clermont-Dion – a history-making Canadian girl and a great Canadian woman.

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