The problem with liberal feminism is it's only able to focus on the successes of well-off, middle- and upper-class women to the exclusion of others. The focus of such a theory is to place women in the positions of typical male dominance, thus erring in assuming that these roles will reflect the equality of our society.
One month from today, women and men across the globe will gather on March 8th to celebrate International Women's Day and champion women's equality in the workplace, in politics, and in society.
Progress for the world's women has proceeded in fits and starts in the past century, but 2012 saw some clear advancement on numerous fronts and in diverse locations. But while global advancements on gender issues were escalating, at home, in Canada, the record remains decidedly mixed. Canadian women are presently losing ground on everything from pay equity to childcare, from poverty to homelessness. Canadians must come to terms with the irony of witnessing the advancements of women's rights on a global scale while at the same time dealing with the reality that this country has been steadily declining in international rankings of gender disparity.
I wasn't prepared for 67 per cent. According to a new survey released today by the Canadian Women's Foundation, that's the percentage of Canadians who personally know a woman who's been physically or sexually abused. Imagine what that number would be if the silence ended.
Today, we celebrate the 1929 Persons Case on the anniversary of a ground-breaking case which the Supreme Court of Canada declared women to be "persons" under the law. Well, not all women. October 18 is now celebrated as Persons Day, but it was a milestone victory that did not extend to all. It is also worth giving credence to the struggles that continued for 40 long years after this 1929 monochromatic victory.
Last week, I found myself -- yet again -- explaining why it is wrong to blame women for being sexually assaulted. Since a woman can be deemed "bad" for anything from wearing a short skirt, to not covering her hair, to having an opinion of her own, the game is clearly rigged. So I don't play. I don't care what a woman wears, says, or does: she does not deserve to be sexually assaulted. Period. Let's ask the real questions.
I have had the privilege of interviewing more than 150 successful women from all walks of life who have chosen to listen to their hearts. That is what makes them "extraordinary." I would like to introduce you to some of them.
Though the movement faces menacing, mutating challenges everywhere, global feminism -- I'm talking about today's 2.0 version -- is a dynamic force driven by passion. This is heavy lifting. It requires focus, strength, resilience, and commitment to a larger, shared goal.
Uprisings are sweeping across Africa's northern coast. As the unrest continues to unfold, the prominent role that women have taken on is noteworthy.
Few people know the group the Peace Women -- dressed in colourful lappas (Liberian cloth), bright white T-shirts and white headscarves -- were instrumental in bringing peace to Liberia.
The GOP is intent on setting women back. If Republican governors across the country succeed in confiscating collective bargaining rights from public sector workers, women will be hurt most.
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An important component of the Women Can agenda is the understanding that partnering with the business community is essential.