The Canadian feminist magazine DEFY created a global storm

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The long-awaited second issue of DEFY Magazine was released today by popular demand.

The inaugural edition of DEFY, launched last November, garnered thousands of unique views, received feedback and intrigue from around the world, and sparked a much-needed conversation about misogyny in the workplace.

“I have been overwhelmed by the public’s interest and positive response to the magazine,” said founder and editor-in-chief Julie Lawrence. “I have received article proposals from as far away as New Zealand and South Africa and have formed partnerships with influential industry leaders. It has been a very exciting few months for DEFY.”

Two of these new partners are the Canadian Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Boss Talks, a mentoring platform that empowers women entrepreneurs and business leaders around the world.

“This partnership between DEFY Magazine and Boss Talks is an important milestone on the journey toward greater gender equality within the business environment,” said Hillary Gadsby, co-founder and CEO of Boss Talks. “We know that when young women have access to resources and mentorship like these, they can develop the skills they need to succeed as leaders. Together, we hope to continue making great strides toward closing the gender gap while inspiring more confident female professionals everywhere.”

Lawrence, who creates, designs and runs the magazine from her home in Halifax, Nova Scotia, is a former editor of a nationally male-run women’s health and wellness magazine. It was this experience that created the genesis for DEFY, a digital-only magazine that addresses the ways in which misogyny occurs in the workplace.

“I heard from so many women who shared stories similar to mine. They finally feel vindicated in their anger,” Lawrence said. “This magazine gives them the tools and guidance they need to improve their overall experience in the workplace. We can’t change patriarchy, but we can change how we respond to it.”

DEFY relies heavily on an advisory board made up of the industry’s heaviest hitters to lend their expertise and experience to the issues covered in the magazine. The advisory board includes: Kelley Bonner, a corporate culture strategist hand-picked by the Biden administration; Jennifer Ettinger, Canada’s first social media correspondent; Karen Laos, Corporate Communications and Trust Specialist; Kirsten Miller, New York Times bestselling author of Change; Priya Sam, former CTV morning host and current host of the Turning Point podcast; Makini Smith, award-winning entrepreneur, mindset coach and founder of A Walk in My Stilettos; dr. Lisa Petty, researcher and author of women’s well-being; and Marci Warhaft, body image expert and host of the How to Destroy Your Own Reputation podcast.

The second issue of the magazine can be found at

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