Gender Equality

The Wage Gap Means Elderly Women Face Poverty

Yen To | Posted 04.20.2015 | Canada Business
Yen To

This year, Equal Pay Day falls on April 20th. It may be too soon to call this a trend, however, some have projected that based on this rate it will take another 50 years or so to reach pay parity. This may be well and good for the female labour force of 2065 and beyond; however, what does the economic profile forecast for working women of today? Historical data paints a bleak future portrait of single elderly women. When segmented further by such criterion as ethnicity, the forecast presents a graver outcome for women of minority with a higher propensity of this population to live out their end-of-life years below the poverty level.

Dear Working Father: Here's How You Can "Pay" Your Stay-At-Home Wife

Dr. Carolyn Ee | Posted 04.09.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. Carolyn Ee

As a woman and a mother, who has been both a SAHM and working mum, here's a few suggestions as to how you can really repay your beautiful wife. I apologize in advance if you are already doing all of this. You sound like a great guy, so it's quite likely that you are. If you're not, here's what you could do.

When Women Take Risks in Business

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 04.02.2015 | Canada Business
Betty Ann Heggie

Even though not every risk delivers the results we desire, one thing is certain: the biggest risk for a woman is to hold back and try to be one of the crowd. If we hide what makes us special and unique, our companies will suffer and so will our careers. It is a lost opportunity.

I Don't Want to Be the Only Minority at the Table. I Want to Add More Chairs

Jasmeet Sidhu | Posted 04.01.2015 | Canada Living
Jasmeet Sidhu

I remember so distinctly staring around at the room of Toronto Star editors and the people around me, including my own fellow interns, and I remember the exact moment of realizing that everyone in that room, except me, was white. I often believe its all too easy when you exist as a member of the "other," like a minority community like ours, for someone to cling to the idea of being the "first one," the "only one" and achieve what they can in the world for themselves and then go home with the pride of that recognition and nothing else. What if instead of believing there are limited seats to the table, we all chose to add more chairs?

What #Meninism Gets Completely Wrong

Lauren Messervey | Posted 04.01.2015 | Canada Living
Lauren Messervey

The heart of #meninism might be valid, but it doesn't remotely reflect the kind of struggle that women throughout the ages have gone through. Let's work a little less on spitting on the real issues and work more on making sure that we're making the changes necessary to ensure that we never have the meninist/feminist conversation again.

India's Daughter, The World's Daughter: Stopping Violence Against Women

Plan International Canada | Posted 03.19.2015 | Canada Impact
Plan International Canada

Violence against girls and women is an issue everywhere, not only in India. We've read about other high-profile attacks in the past year -- mass abductions of school girls in Nigeria, women murdered in El Salvador and Brazil, and rape and assault accusations directed at celebrities in Canada and the U.S. These events are rooted in sexist and discriminatory systems in societies around the world. As the documentary and so many studies show, extreme violence is at the far end of a continuum that's based on social norms and attitudes that women are subordinate to men. At one end of the continuum are brutal acts of violence; one out of every three women worldwide experiences sexual violence during her life

Sunny Freeman

The Surprising Place Where Working Women Say They Lack Support

HuffingtonPost.com | Sunny Freeman | Posted 03.08.2015 | Canada Business

Forget “having it all.” The new, more attainable goal for working women (and men) is work-life balance — and it turns out that more Canadian wom...

This International Women's Day, Understand the Wage Gap

Sheryl Boswell | Posted 03.07.2015 | Canada Living
Sheryl Boswell

Wage inequality continues to be an ongoing issue here in Canada, where women, on average, earn only 80 per cent of what their male counterparts earn. The wage gap varies significantly between occupations; the largest gap being in health-related occupations, where women earn just 47 cents for every dollar earned by men--a figure which has not changed since 1986. But determining why this wage gap exists in the first place can garner impassioned appeals from all sides. While some argue the wage gap is symptomatic of society's bias towards women, others say women themselves make concessions in their careers for the sake of their family.

Gender Equality In Norway - Progressive Policies And Major Challenges

Mona Elisabeth Brother | Posted 03.05.2015 | Canada
Mona Elisabeth Brother

Women's Day on March 8 gives us all a mandate to examine our progress, and to reflect on our values, ideals, and plans for ourselves and our societies. Norway is regularly nominated as one of the best and most equal countries to live in the world.

104 Years Later Women Still Demand and Deserve Better

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 03.02.2015 | Canada Impact
Rosemary McCarney

More than a century ago, an international conference of some 100 working women meeting in Copenhagen decided to establish an annual Women's Day. As we approach the 104th International Women's Day on March 8, large gender gaps remain both in Canada and globally. This time, however, the annual event may become a catalyst for meaningful action, at least in election-year Canada.

The Challenges of Closing the Gender Gap in Co-Operatives

Canadian Co-operative Association | Posted 03.22.2015 | Canada Living
Canadian Co-operative Association

Economic empowerment of women is one popular approach to closing the gender inequality gap. Yet co-operative enterprises, which have been successful in improving the livelihoods of disadvantaged and rural women in developing countries, remain widely unknown and under-utilized.

How One Woman Escaped Forced Marriage and Thrived

Katie Zeppieri | Posted 03.19.2015 | Canada Impact
Katie Zeppieri

At 23 years of age, Nasreen Sheikh radically redefines what it means to be a Nepali woman. She is a Sunni Muslim living in a predominately Hindu community and is the founder of a fair-trade sewing collective called Local Women's Handicrafts. Nasreen is an outlier in her community. Typically, most Nepali girls marry between the ages of 15 and 18. The pressure to have a married daughter began to increase with each year Nasreen remained single however, and in 2014, Nasreen's parents decided that they had to take action. For Nasreen, this arranged marriage would have meant the end of Local Women's Handicrafts.

Dalhousie Dentistry Forgot About the Dangers of Social Media

Lauren Messervey | Posted 03.10.2015 | Canada Living
Lauren Messervey

Though I am about as much of a dentist as I am a squirrel, the Dalhousie Dentistry scandal cannot be ignored, even by a humble B.F.A, such as myself. Of course, I was outraged by the misogynistic nature of a Facebook page that was created for the express purpose of debasing women within the dentistry program. However, the first thought that ran through my mind wasn't outrage over their sexist remarks.

'Gone Girl' and Sexual Assault

Lauren Messervey | Posted 02.16.2015 | Canada
Lauren Messervey

Gone Girl was one of the movies that I was most excited to see this year. I love David FIncher's work, and being something of a feminist, I was intrig...

Why #NoGenderDecember Isn't Only for "Insane Feminists"

Marci Warhaft-Nadler | Posted 02.12.2015 | Canada Living
Marci Warhaft-Nadler

For years, marketers have told boys and girls which toys "should" interest them, instead of encouraging them to choose freely. This makes no sense. Why should we limit kids that way? An incredible new campaign called #NoGenderDecember seeks to fix that problem.

Five Ways You Can Promote Gender Equality in Your Workplace

Katie Zeppieri | Posted 02.09.2015 | Canada Living
Katie Zeppieri

With the help of Kumpf, UNDP and the UN Foundation, I have compiled a list of some easy ways that you can take action today to help "paint the world orange" and promote gender equality in your workplace.

How Football Helped One Woman Reach Her Dreams

Dana Marie Krook | Posted 02.07.2015 | Canada Impact
Dana Marie Krook

Although for Taylor, football seems to be about fun, fitness and friends, she is building potential inside herself, as well as creating an example for other girls about what is possible when you go after what you want. Perhaps she doesn't see that just yet. But I think she will.

25 Years After the Montreal Massacre, Gender-Based Violence Still Thrives

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 02.04.2015 | Canada Living
Rosemary McCarney

When the gunman, a rejected engineering student, shot those young women he was enraged that they were pursuing studies in a profession he believed was meant for men. That was a quarter of a century ago. Today, more and more women are flooding into professions, including engineering, once considered male preserves, but there is still so much more progress to be made in changing those attitudes that enable gender-based violence.

Catherine Lévesque

The Seedy Side Of Quebec's Resource Boom

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine Lévesque | Posted 12.08.2014 | Canada Business

SEPT-ÎLES, Que. — For some, it's a way to make some fast cash. For others, it's a chance to latch on to an engineer for maybe more than one night. ...

Gender Goals for RCMP Recruitment Are Good But Not Good Enough

Clare Beckton | Posted 01.11.2015 | Canada Politics
Clare Beckton

Is increased recruitment enough to change the current dynamic where women are a minority in a culture that has not yet changed enough to make their experience welcoming? The short answer is no. History has demonstrated that increasing the representation of women in an organization or profession does not automatically result in culture change.

We Can Create New Realities for Girls

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 12.16.2014 | Canada Impact
Rosemary McCarney

In a new global report conducted by Plan entitled Hear Our Voices, we spoke with more than 7,000 adolescent girls and boys from 11 countries in Asia, Africa, Central and South America. We wanted to learn more about what issues and concerns adolescent girls faced and how boys felt about those issues too.

Freedom Is Trending: From Fashion to Gender Equality

Carolyn Lawrence | Posted 12.03.2014 | Canada Impact
Carolyn Lawrence

I am no stranger to the search for freedom. I've always been drawn to the open road and I feel inspired by leadership roles and risk in the unknown. And since I'm confessing, I have also been known to resist conformity -- a throwback to school uniforms in my early years, I'm sure. But recently I've been noticing a trend; the word freedom is appearing in unexpected and inspiring places. Is this the theme of a generation of women who will right the ship?

Things I Want My Son To Understand About Misogyny

Naomi Elana Zener | Posted 12.03.2014 | Canada Living
Naomi Elana Zener

To the Mr. Misogynists out there, I beg of you to ask, where did you go wrong in life? At what point in your lives did you stumble upon a fork in the road, taking the path poorly traveled, deciding to turn your back on your DNA? Was it in the boys' locker room, after the big game, patting each other on the bum?

We Should be Critical, But Not Dismissive of Emma Watson's UN Campaign

Neha Chandrachud | Posted 11.25.2014 | Canada Living
Neha Chandrachud

It's important to note that despite my appreciation for Watson's UN campaign, I believe much of the criticism she's faced has been warranted. Liberal white feminism tends to cling to these seemingly iconic moments in which feminism briefly becomes more palatable, more easily sold to the masses. Men shouldn't care about feminism because it may improve things for them. They should care about feminism because it will improve things for women.

The Annoying Comment I Got When I Posted Emma Watson's #HeForShe Speech

Brett Caron | Posted 11.23.2014 | Canada Living
Brett Caron

Like so many other people inspired by Emma Watson's impassioned speech in her new capacity as UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, I shared it to Facebook. Like so many other posts on Facebook and elsewhere calling for attention to women's rights, it almost immediately received a comment from someone who took umbrage with the message.