Every Thursday I profile a new incredible woman, each from a different walk of life. Different professions, causes, backgrounds, ethnicities, orientations, and anything/everything else!
So without further delay, let me introduce the deliciously wonderful Sarah Kramer…
Known for her “sassy vintage style”, Sarah Kramer is a “vegan cookbook superstar!” I first wrote about her amazingly delicious collections a few months ago when I found out about her new travel-size book, Vegan A Go-Go! Winner of multiple awards and arguably the most famous vegan author around, Sarah’s journey all began with a home-made cookbook zine to give as presents to family and friends, proving her belief “that it only takes one tiny spark to start a fire and she has a pack of matches and is ready to burn!” How wonderfully shameless is that?!!
What drives you to do what you do?
I’m passionate about being creative. Whether it’s creating a recipe, writing a book, taking a photograph or picking out an outfit to wear… Expressing myself through my work is so utterly satisfying.
How does being a woman empower / challenge you?
Well, I was born into a feminist family. Both my mother and father were very open in discussing politics with me. I lived in a household where woman were considered equal and was raised to be someone who could achieve anything that I put my mind to. I grew up not seeing any limitations to my life because of my gender.
That confidence in myself as a young child has spilled over into my adulthood. There are no gender walls in front of me because I’m a woman and if I come across one I just plow right through.
What advice would you give to young women who want to follow in your footsteps?
Follow your bliss. It sounds trite but it’s true. Finding one or two or ten things that you love to do and pouring your heart and soul into your projects is so undeniably satisfying on so many levels. My projects are a labour of love from start to finish.
Name one person, place, or thing every young woman should know about?
I think knowing yourself is of utmost importance. The exploration of self can be such a transformative journey. The more you learn, the more you know. The more you know, the more fun you can have. Life experience is to be treasured.
What is the most important thing we can do in order to change the world?
Wow. That’s a big question … I think being vegan is a good start. Not only is veganism a compassionate lifestyle that saves the lives of animals but it’s also the greenest thing you can do for the planet. Animal agriculture is the leading source of pollution which is killing our planet. It’s time to make some positive changes before it’s too late and going vegan is the biggest and best step we can make.
Make sure to visit Sarah’s website GoVegan.net which she created as a “safe haven… for curious Vegans to meet and talk about issues.” She also writes a regular column for Herbivore Magazine and runs Vancouver’s The Tattoo Zoo with her husband, artist Gerry Kramer.