Canada Women

Where Have All the Female Lawyers Gone?

Andrea Lekushoff | Posted 05.20.2014 | 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 05.24.2014 | 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 05.19.2014 | 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 05.18.2014 | 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 05.13.2014 | 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 05.12.2014 | 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 05.12.2014 | 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 05.10.2014 | 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 05.08.2014 | 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 05.07.2014 | 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 05.03.2014 | 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 04.30.2014 | 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 04.29.2014 | 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 04.26.2014 | 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 04.24.2014 | 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 04.22.2014 | 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 04.17.2014 | 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...

Cohabiting Before Marriage Shouldn't Be About Sex or a Ring

AskMen.com | Posted 04.02.2014 | Canada Living
AskMen.com

I'm not personally a proponent of cohabitation before marriage. If you asked for my advice, I'd tell you not to. There's plenty of empirical research out there to suggest that it might not be the greatest idea. But you don't need to reduce men to sex-starved lunatics (or women to desperate shells who will whither and die if they don't get a ring) to get your point across.

Please Don't Tell Me How To Be a Better Feminist

Darlena Cunha | Posted 04.02.2014 | Canada Living
Darlena Cunha

Seriously, I dare you to go find a "sad-looking" girl and say something "kind" to her. People, anyone, should not be imposing their opinions on what "sad" is on poor random girls who are probably not even sad anyway. Talk about narcissism. What makes you think anything you have to say to a woman you are guessing is sad would make any difference to her?

A Passion For Connecting Women in Engineering and Geoscience

Doina Oncel | Posted 03.19.2014 | Canada Impact
Doina Oncel

As a woman involved in supporting girls and young women's growth in an industry known as being dominated by men, I understand the power of collaboration and support from other women.

Why Did York University Throw Women Under the Bus?

Anne Theriault | Posted 03.12.2014 | Canada Living
Anne Theriault

I honestly can't think of a major religion that forbids men from meeting in public with a group of women. And honestly, if this restriction existed, how would you even function in the world? Regardless of whether the student's request is legitimate, let's talk about the fact that certain people quite high up in the university's food chain were willing to grant the accommodation that the student was seeking. A secular university -- I seriously cannot stress that point enough -- was more than willing to make an exception based on a religious belief that women were ultimately so different from men that the two genders could not interact in public.

My 2014 Wishes for Women in Canada

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 03.11.2014 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

As we gather with family and friends across our great country to celebrate the end of 2013, and as we look forward to a more hopeful 2014, let this be a New Year focused on Canadians, and not on political drama and scandal. And let parliamentarians work to ensure a brighter future for all women in Canada. Women's help and ideas are needed to see what Canada can do better to increase the participation of women in our economy, to ensure their health and safety and that of their children, and to build a better life for all Canadians.