Canada Women

Treat Your Time Wisely and You'll Be Rewarded

Anita Saulite | Posted 04.09.2014 | Canada Business
Anita Saulite

Like most working women, I feel time starved. My plate is full. There never seems to be enough hours in the day to get done all the things I need to get done. I am constantly making trade-offs. And, as an entrepreneur with a school aged child, I have less wiggle room.

Top Tips For Budget-Friendly Solo Travel

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 04.01.2014 | Canada Travel
Sacha DeVoretz

I absolutely agree that travel is the best way to learn more about neighbours in other parts of the world and also about ourselves. But where I am bit discouraged is why so much emphasis is placed on traveling for youth and not adults.

Heroines of Literature and Film, You Don't Have to Be Pretty!

Anne Theriault | Posted 03.25.2014 | Canada Living
Anne Theriault

From Katniss Everdeen, to Bella Swan, to Hermione Granger, to Mia Thermopolis, it seems like just about every heroine needs some convincing to realize how beautiful they are. Because, of course, they are beautiful -- though often the character requires a makeover before she herself and the world around her (except, of course, for that One Special Boy Who Always Knew) realize her true beauty. The message that we get over and over is that beauty, even hidden beauty, is somehow part and parcel of being an exceptional, successful young woman.

Going Solo: Advice from the Travel Experts

Parmjit Parmar | Posted 03.24.2014 | Canada Travel
Parmjit Parmar

What does the solo traveler look like nowadays? Women are following their own schedules to explore destinations beyond North America, preferring to relax in luxury at resorts, full service hotels or on board cruise ships. As a frequent solo traveller myself, I sought out some Toronto experts to find out what they think of this trend and ask for their advice.

Systemic Misogyny and the Downfall Of Alison Redford

Shannon McClennan | Posted 03.23.2014 | Canada Alberta
Shannon McClennan

While there are a myriad of reasons the Premier Redford has faced such heavy criticism, we have to recognize that systemic misogyny -- an entrenched prejudice against women and girls that is inherent in a given system, such as society -- plays at least some part in the story. It's not the only source of the premier's troubles, but it's certainly one piece in the much larger puzzle.

Where Have All the Female Lawyers Gone?

Andrea Lekushoff | Posted 03.20.2014 | Canada Business
Andrea Lekushoff

Women now constitute nearly half of the North American workforce, and in nearly half of households all adults work, but the business model of most Canadian law firms has not evolved to reflect this significant social change. A change in management approach is clearly needed.

Don't Ban Bossy, BYOB (Be Your Own Boss) Instead

Gloria Roheim McRae | Posted 03.31.2014 | Canada Living
Gloria Roheim McRae

Although the campaign execution and commitment to girls is grand, I was disappointed that of all the words chipping away at our self-esteem everyday, that "bossy" was being sentenced to exile by powerful and recognized women. Unfortunately for all of us, banning words only mutes the systemic and cultural norms that are actually responsible for social inequalities.

Why Banning the Word 'Bossy' is a Battle That Can't Be Won

Jody Steinhauer | Posted 03.19.2014 | Canada Living
Jody Steinhauer

For starters, the word "bossy" is just one in an endless list of putdowns directed at women who look to stand out from the crowd. Know-it-all, controlling, pushy; all words meant to discourage someone who gravitates towards leadership. Is the next step to ban all these words as well? Instead of fighting an unwinnable battle to eliminate words, we should be promoting their antonyms.

Has Steve Paikin Looked Hard Enough for Female Pundits?

Rachel Décoste | Posted 03.18.2014 | Canada Living
Rachel Décoste

Since females make up 52% of the population, can women pundits be so difficult to find? In a city oozing with competent women in practically every field of activity, it begs the question: how hard are TVO's The Agenda producers really trying?

Indigenous Women: Harper Is on the Wrong Side of History

Hon. Carolyn Bennett | Posted 03.13.2014 | Canada
Hon. Carolyn Bennett

Although the unanimous vote in the House of Commons to create the Special Committee on Violence Against Indigenous Women (the "Committee") was an excellent beginning, the report it tabled last Friday was a complete betrayal of the memory of those we have lost, the grieving family and friends left behind and those Indigenous women and girls who continue to be victimized by violence. The Prime Minister is on the wrong side of history.

G Day: A Modern Rite of Passage for Girls

Madeleine Shaw and Suzanne Siemens | Posted 03.13.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Madeleine Shaw and Suzanne Siemens

As an adolescent girl, I was awed by the notion of becoming an adult woman. Like Margaret in Judy Blume's classic coming of age novel, "Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret," I was obsessed with all the details, particularly menstruation, and on a semi-conscious level hoped that there would be some sort of fanfare when the momentous time came.

An International Women's Day Alphabet

Anne Theriault | Posted 03.12.2014 | Canada
Anne Theriault

A is for Austen, the Regency hellion B is for Boudica, who raised a rebellion C is Cleopatra, fierce Queen of the Nile D is Diana, whose voice does...

Women: They're Sexy and They Know I.T.

Gillian Farber | Posted 03.10.2014 | Canada Business
Gillian Farber

It seems like most IT industry related discussions are focused on the remaining obstacles women face and overcoming gender discrimination. But rather than worrying about knocking down gender walls I strongly believe that women should embrace their careers as aggressively as men do

Women and Work: Rethinking Parental Leave in Canada

Jennifer Hollett | Posted 03.08.2014 | Canada Business
Jennifer Hollett

A recent study found executives of both sexes consider the tension between work and family to be primarily a women's problem. The official theme for International Women's Day 2014 is "equality for women is progress for all." Let's do exactly that by supporting progressive policies for women, and new opportunities for men and families.

Myths About Bioidentical Hormones

Dr. Jennifer Pearlman | Posted 03.07.2014 | Canada
Dr. Jennifer Pearlman

Suzanne Somers seemingly reigns atop one of the most controversial issues in Women's Health; bioidentical hormones. A growing divide between conventional medicine and a Suzanne-inspired burgeoning alternative health industry, heightens the need to debunk the bioidentical myths and hype.

Do You Know How Much Your Stock in Life is Worth?

Anita Saulite | Posted 03.03.2014 | Canada Living
Anita Saulite

Most of us don't take the time to take stock of our lives -- to sit back and reflect because we have a 1,001 things going on and we are distracted. Who really has the time to hit the pause button and reflect on their lives when career, kids, and household demands trump our waking moments, thoughts and activities?

Let's Stop Denying That Doctors Can Be Sexual Predators

Beverly Akerman | Posted 02.28.2014 | Canada Living
Beverly Akerman

Tuesday's sentencing of anaesthesiologist George Doodnaught -- to a decade in jail for sexually assaulting 21 women under his care during surgery -- should have been good news. But I read this comment from the presiding judge: "There are no reported Canadian cases in which an anaesthesiologist sexually assaulted sedated patients in an operating room during surgery." This has happened before, and in my home town.

Why Is the Government Sidelining Eating Disorders?

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 02.27.2014 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

Canadians may be shocked to learn that there are no long-term, publicly-funded residential care facilities in Canada. Wait times for treatment are so long that many Canadians with eating disorders are forced to go abroad for private health care, and return with little follow-up care. It is time that a national eating disorders awareness and education campaign be launched, and that Canada develop a national strategy to address these serious mental health conditions, including early diagnosis and access to the full range of necessary care, a national registry, and a robust research program.

"Feminists" or Not, Let's Teach Our Kids True Equality

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 02.24.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

"Feminist" is an unavoidably loaded word. If we asked a group of parents if they believe in raising children that are respectful of both men and women, and who believe in equal opportunity, we suspect the answer would be overwhelmingly, "of course." Ask that same group if they believe in raising feminists, and the response may be slightly more hesitant.

We Need More Women in Aerospace

Doina Oncel | Posted 02.22.2014 | Canada
Doina Oncel

There is no doubt that raising awareness on issues such as STEM, particularly Engineering and Aerospace fields in Canada is a valuable experience to o...

How Sex Toys Help Seniors

Petra Zebroff | Posted 02.20.2014 | Canada Living
Petra Zebroff

Women over 50 are buying vibrators, dildos and sensuous toys in record numbers. This trend makes sense from a sexological perspective. The body changes after 50, and these toys can be practical and helpful in accommodating these changes. But which toy makes sense after menopause?

John Tory's Views on the Wage Gap Are Half Right

Leah Eichler | Posted 02.16.2014 | Canada Business
Leah Eichler

Instead of dismissing his comments as sexist, perhaps we should be thanking Mr. Tory for raising the subject. The wage gap remains a complex and multifaceted issue that needs thoughtful discussion. If we can open a healthy debate on the topic, we stand a better chance of tackling it properly.

Being Polished, Being Plain, and Being OK With Both

Marni Soupcoff | Posted 04.14.2014 | Canada Living
Marni Soupcoff

Now when someone fixes my collar or warns me about the lipstick on my teeth before I go on TV, I'm only a little mortified; mostly I'm grateful. Because they aren't trying to attack who I am or tell me I'm not good enough. They're trying to help me get my point across by helping me clear away distractions.

Canada Must Act to Stop Child Marriages Now

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 04.10.2014 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

Canadians should know that early and forced marriage is not just an issue of developing countries. For example, recently there were 100 documented cases in Ontario, involving young girls who left Canada and were forced to marry. We need real action, an area where this government often stumbles badly.

A Letter To Proud Men Who Think "No" Means "Yes"

Eternity E Martis | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Living
Eternity E Martis

Dear proud men who have taken a woman's "No" to sexual activity, touching, or intercourse as a "Yes" instead of respecting her wishes; to men who have...