Gender Equality

Don't Separate 'Honour Crimes' From Other Violence Against Women

Amy Awad | Posted 04.10.2014 | Canada
Amy Awad

There are thoughtful and effective ways to look at all the facets of violence against women and it can certainly be done without promoting bigotry. For example, in March, the Ottawa Police, the Ottawa Rape Crisis, and Algonquin College partnered to put on a full day event on violence in the name of honour.

Why Women Still Suffer From the Ally McBeal Effect

Erica Berman | Posted 03.25.2014 | Canada Living
Erica Berman

We are not just expected to put in the same amount of work in the office, and still more at home, we also have to find the time to go to the gym, pull on skin-tight shape wear, prepare gluten-free, carb-free, Paleo, blah, blah, meals, get Botox, gel manicures, and buy expensive serums, lotions, and potions proven to even out our complexion, hide fine lines, and reduce sagging.

"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.

Halifax Teen Felt 'Degraded' After Gender Separation

Huffington Post Canada | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada

When a Muslim man enrolled in Sonja Power's martial arts class, the Halifax teenager had no idea that her hobby of nine years was about to become poli...

Lean In Until You Fall Over, Ladies -- You Still Won't Find Gender Balance

Denise Brunsdon | Posted 02.26.2014 | Canada Business
Denise Brunsdon

The Lean In zeitgeist says individual women can take personal responsibility for failure and act to achieve success. Meanwhile, recent research says there is an unconscious bias in corporate Canada that prevents equally qualified women from attaining the same level of success as men. The Lean In school is decidedly wrong. In short, both men and women need to lean in to create equity in business. It's the only way to achieve balance.

Sorry, but (White, Straight) Men Are Not the New Minority Group

r/ally | Posted 02.26.2014 | Canada Living
r/ally

The patriarchy has suffered a few punches lately, at least in Toronto this year. But I think it's safe to say that the patriarchy is doing just fine, thank you very much. There's still a lot of work to be done to even the playing field in the business and political world.

Canada Must Target Buyers of Sex

Joy Smith, M.P. | Posted 02.19.2014 | Canada Politics
Joy Smith, M.P.

Despite this new ruling, the debate around prostitution is hardly settled. There are those who wish to legalize and normalize the industry, those who wish to criminalize all aspects of the industry, and finally those, like myself, who recognize prostitution as an industry that is inherently harmful to women and girls and therefore must be eliminated.

WATCH: This Commercial About Double Standards Says It All

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Living

Sixty per cent of all women in Canada are in the workforce, and this number has only been increasing with each passing year. Women are essential, they...

Altruistic Canada Has Become Another Nation of Gold Diggers

Glen Pearson | Posted 01.28.2014 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

At first blush, the recent decision of the Canadian government to shift its foreign affairs focus from diplomacy to servicing private industry came as something of a shock to many. We have become just another nation interested in building up its own wealth at the expense of being an effective influence in the larger struggles facing the globe -- poverty, climate change, localized conflicts, and a general breaking down of democracy's legitimacy.

Equality Unplugged: How Women "Really" Talk About Issues

Niki Ashton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Niki Ashton

When women engage me in my community, in Ottawa or across the country, they talk to me about the economy, about health care, about child care, about housing, about the environment. Simply put, all issues are "women's issues." But as Status of Women critic, I also ask questions about challenges specifically facing women.

Charter Doublespeak Endorses Poverty Not Equality

Elvira Truglia | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Elvira Truglia

The notion that equality between women and men will be served through banning religious symbols in the public service has so many ripped seams that ev...

Sweden Puts 'Feminist' Movies In Their Own Category

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 11.18.2013 | Canada Living

Blood, extreme language and sexual images are the guidelines by which most films earn the PG, AA or R ratings that movie audiences have come to know. ...

B.C. Failing Women

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.18.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - For the fifth year in a row, the women's legal advocacy group West Coast LEAF has handed British Columbia a failing grade for its treatmen...

I'm Not Just a Blonde at the Construction Site -- I'm the Boss

Kelsey Ramsden | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
Kelsey Ramsden

I grew up in an entrepreneurial family and construction was my family's mainstay. I have been around it my whole life and truth be told, my happiest place on earth is on a roadbuilding site with machines pushing and swinging dirt and people all working hard. Sure, being a girl in construction came with the standard issue nuisances you would expect -- naked pin-up girl pictures in the tool trailers, having to use disgusting man outhouses, getting hit on steadily, getting tolerated and not taken seriously -- but I just kept my head down and got to work. This got the people who make decisions to know that I was not just a little blonde token strutting around the job site but that I was watching and thinking and had value.

Why Do We Always Specify the Gender of a Stay-at-Home Parent?

Kathleen Hogan | Posted 11.18.2013 | Canada
Kathleen Hogan

Noting gender, when gender is irrelevant, happens even in the most progressive of milieus. The soundtrack of my current leave of absence has been my beloved CBC, and yet just this week, I heard a newscaster refer to Ontario's Premier Kathleen Wynne and another politician as "the two women." Really? How about "the two politicians," or "the politicians" or even just "the two"?

Worrying Hurts Women's Career Chances: Study

r/ally | Posted 11.09.2013 | Canada
r/ally

How do you react when faced with stress in the workplace? Do you take a step back to study the situation or do you charge full steam ahead? According to a new study, most female executives apparently retreat to analyze their options while their male counterparts charge right ahead and take charge. The study suggests that the approach women leaders take is detrimental to their career.

Beyoncé or Mrs. Carter -- She's Still a Feminist

Joshua Ostroff | Posted 09.22.2013 | Canada Music
Joshua Ostroff

Beyonce's Mrs. Carter Show tour caused all sorts of feminist handwringing in February when it was announced that she would be titling after her married name. But after seeing the show, I can say that no amount of throwback visuals or wifey proclamations could change the fact that even if girls don't run the actual world, they sure do run the Mrs. Carter tour. So while some might see the use of "Mrs." as regressive, Beyonce is just saying that yes, she is married and no, she doesn't feel the need to overcompensate about it because she's in a relationship of equals and doesn't see the superficiality of a married name undermining the reality of her life.

Can Venus and Mars Work Together?

r/ally | Posted 08.10.2013 | Canada Living
r/ally

The startling realization of "Work With Me: The 8 Blind Spots Between Men and Women" suggests that despite all of our progress, men and women still do not know how to act around each other. Can we reduce the lack of advancement of women in the workplace to a colossal case of misunderstanding? Perhaps.

Is THIS How You Get Gender Equality?

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 05.15.2013 | Canada Living

In a country where women run the most powerful provinces and a handful of the biggest companies, it's still surprising to hear we have such a long way...

Why New Pink Kinder Surprise Pisses Me Off

Melissa Carr | Posted 05.17.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Melissa Carr

For years and years, Kinder eggs were gender neutral. I'm not sure if there was a dip in sales or if Kinder decided that they desperately needed more girl clientele, but the way they were packaged before neither said "girl" nor "boy" to me. The new package states "Toys for Girls."

Why Beyonce's "Mrs. Carter Tour" Is Bad For Women

Anea Bogue | Posted 05.08.2013 | Canada Living
Anea Bogue

International Women's Day is all about pausing to reflect on our achievements in the long-standing effort to create equality between men and women. For over a decade, Beyonce has been singing about girls and women being independent. However, when I found out last month that the megastar and girl power proponent was calling her tour the 'Mrs. Carter Show' I thought I was going to short circuit.

Anything Girls Can Do, I Can Do Better

Donald D'Haene | Posted 03.11.2013 | Canada Living
Donald D'Haene

At 17 I just enjoyed reversing the gender stereotypes of my peers. I was raised in a hierarchal, conservative area (read: small-town Ontario) in the 1960s. I recall a girl sitting behind me in my Gr. 12 business class piping up, "Boys cannot be secretaries!" Personally, I thought, was she for real?

Women's Rights Made Leaps in 2012, Just Not in Canada

Glen Pearson | Posted 03.02.2013 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

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.

"Conflicting Rights" Implies a Phony Right

Karen Selick | Posted 01.21.2013 | Canada Politics
Karen Selick

A spokesman for the Ontario Human Rights Commission has finally admitted what was obvious to any thinking person from the very inception of the Human Rights Code: namely, that the code would eventually start generating numerous problems over so-called "conflicting rights." The admission can be found in this Toronto Star article: "Woman denied haircut goes to Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario."

Don't Blame Science if Women Don't Want You

Christopher Lewarne | Posted 12.24.2012 | Canada Living
Christopher Lewarne

An article published in Scientific American this week demystified a commonly held colloquialism -- Rachel and Ross knew it, Monica and Chandler certainly knew it: men and women can't be "just Friends." Nomenclature aside, men carry certain chromosomal differences from women. It's why our balls drop and our voices get deeper. It's not why we get to be douchebags and blame Darwin for our douchebaggery.