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Women reverends challenge stereotypes with new calendar

02/03/2015 01:29 EST | Updated 04/05/2015 05:59 EDT
Women of the cloth from around the country are showing off their feminine side in a new calendar called Real Women, Real Ministers.

"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 along with her family in February — told CBC Radio The Early Edition's Rick Cluff.

The calendar was launched by Rev. Trisha Elliott — a United Church minister in Ottawa — after she had her photo taken.

"The photographer said, 'Oh, don't tilt your head like that. You look a little too much like Jennifer Aniston. You've got to look like a minister,'" said Fairfield.

"You don't want to sexualize or dramatize the image of a minister. You've got a stereotypical role that people think we should have."

Elliott connected with female ministers like Fairfield, and they came up with the idea for a calendar.

Barely a month into the new year, the second printing of the calendar is already sold out.

"It's just so popular, we weren't expecting such a huge sell out. It's been truly amazing."

Fairfield isn't sure if a 2016 calendar is in the works.

"It's a provocative idea. I don't know if it's one to be duplicated."

To hear the full interview with Rev. Tracy Fairfield, click the audio labelled: Female ministers challenge stereotypes with calendar.

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