Gender

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.

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

Are You a Cat or a Dog in Relationships?

Alana Hurov | Posted 03.09.2015 | Canada Living
Alana Hurov

After 20 years of dating and over 100 relationships later, I have created "The Milk and Bone Theory." Take a close look at the behaviour of cats and dogs, notice which qualities you share with both animals. You will most likely have commonalities with one more than the other. Here are five ways to tell if you are a cat or a dog in a relationships.

Why Education Matters So Much to Girls

Karen L. Jurjevich | Posted 03.07.2015 | Canada Impact
Karen L. Jurjevich

"If you are not educated, you are nothing." This terse statement comes from a young girl in Zambia, who was an appreciative beneficiary of the Campaign for Female Education (Camfed) program. While I can't agree with the extreme nature of the conclusion, this girl's statement illustrates the power of education, particularly for females.

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.

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.

Break Down That Workplace Gender Bias With These Simple Tips

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 01.17.2015 | Canada Living
Betty Ann Heggie

The guys I worked with teased me. They saw me as a hospitable female underling, lucky to be included at a sales meeting. I continued to disarm them with copious levels of service and their unconscious bias prevented them from seeing me as competition. By 1989, I was promoted to be a Vice President in head office and had leap frogged over most all of the guys in that meeting!

Why We Need to Keep Talking About Jian Ghomeshi

Avi Goldberg | Posted 01.14.2015 | Canada Living
Avi Goldberg

"Isn't it time," folks on my Twitter feed are saying, "that we put an end to the public trial and let the police and the justice system take over? It is tempting to ask whether we've all not heard enough at this point, but given the social and cultural significance of Jian Ghomeshi, there are important reasons that the public conversations continue to go on.

It's Time We Ended the Gender Gap in Digital

Jennifer Osborne | Posted 12.10.2014 | Canada Business
Jennifer Osborne

When we hold executive meetings here at our offices, the room is split 50/50 between women and men around the table. It's not an image that's often seen in our digital technology field and one that needs to become more norm and less exception.

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.

Would You Still Be Anti-Feminist If You Knew What Feminism Was?

Dana Marie Krook | Posted 10.26.2014 | Canada Living
Dana Marie Krook

It's everyone's right to have an opinion. But here is what bothers me: they've got the wrong definition. They are basing their judgment of me, my beliefs and on feminism as a whole, on inaccurate information. What I am calling for is a re-education of women, and men, across North America. If you take a look at feminism's goal (one more time: equality!) and still want to tote a sign that says, "I'm an anti-feminist," I suppose that is your prerogative.

Please Don't Hyper-Sexualize Women To Market Cannabis

Jenna Valleriani | Posted 10.12.2014 | Canada
Jenna Valleriani

With all the rapid change around medical cannabis and talk about legalization efforts, it's important to note that these changes are not without challenge: women's disproportionate responsibility for dependent children intensifies the risk associated with smoking cannabis and being known as a cannabis user.

When You Tell Me I'm Not "Ladylike," What Do You Mean?

Bianca Pang | Posted 10.08.2014 | Canada Living
Bianca Pang

What does "ladylike" mean? Personally, the term leaves a bitter taste in my mouth. There's a difference between being "ladylike" and having manners. "Ladylike" represents a list of expectations of how a woman should be or what a woman should stand for. I'm sorry (not sorry), but screw that shit.

How I Taught My Little Girls It's Okay to Look Different

Sarah Deveau | Posted 10.01.2014 | Canada Living
Sarah Deveau

I don't know how to teach my daughters that they have to follow arbitrary rules about their bodies, rules that will change based on current fashion, the people they socialize with, the media they consume. I don't know how to teach my daughters to sift through the shit that society decrees about their bodies.

Make Japan a Nation Where Women and Men Shine

G(irls)20 | Posted 09.30.2014 | Canada
G(irls)20

It is widely acknowledged that Japan needs more females in business to make up for a shrinking workforce and to boost economic growth and opportunity. With this admirable goal in mind, we must work to make Japan a nation where every individual, male and female, has equal opportunities to realize their full social, economic and political potential. As a Japanese youth, I am not afraid to break from traditional practices and defy what is expected of me. I am ready to pursue my own dream to become a fearsome business leader and 2014 G(irls)20 Delegate representing Japan.

What's Wrong With Giving Dad Flowers on Father's Day?

Leah Morrigan | Posted 08.12.2014 | Canada Living
Leah Morrigan

If mums get flowers on Mother's Day, why wouldn't dads get flowers on Father's Day? I mean, how many golf clubs can a man own? Does he really need another pheumonic nailer? How about something that will make him smile and lift his spirits instead?

What Does Modern Masculinity Look Like?

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 08.10.2014 | Canada Living
Sarah Vermunt

Since the feminist movement, women have openly discussed and debated what it means to be female. This multi-decade dialogue has led to a more nuanced understanding of the complexity of womanhood, and what it means to grow and develop as a multi-faceted woman. A similar dialogue between men about the nuanced intricacies of malehood has been slower to develop.

Keep Gender Stereotypes Out of Raising Kids

Jenn Neilson | Posted 08.04.2014 | Canada Living
Jenn Neilson

With kids growing up surrounded by advertising, movies and TV, toys, books, and clothes that tell them that some things are for girls, and others are for boys, we're already fighting an uphill battle if our goal is to raise girls who know that they can solve tough, real world problems, and boys who are interested in collaboration, not just competition.

Why We Should Stop Calling People "Crazy"

Lauren Messervey | Posted 07.19.2014 | Canada Living
Lauren Messervey

Out of all of the terms to be re-addressed in light of recent mental health awareness, "crazy" should be the first to go. It has become verbal leprosy, a warning to all of those who witness it for fear of spreading its sickness. A crazy girl or boy is to be avoided at all cost.

It's Finally Cool For Girls to Geek Out

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 06.22.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Back when I was a kid, it wasn't cool to be uncool. To be called a "nerd" was to elicit scorn and its accompanying exclusion. How the tables have turned and the tides have shifted. There is a new trend towards teaching kids -- girls in particular -- coding skills in a growing number of cities.

It's Time We All Think Outside of the Gender Box

Leah Morrigan | Posted 06.21.2014 | Canada Impact
Leah Morrigan

Buying into gender differentiation means that a profit-driven media can easily hook you into buying gender-differentiated products because they know you believe it to be true.

Let's Celebrate Bossy Girls

Leah Eichler | Posted 06.13.2014 | Canada Living
Leah Eichler

Language is powerful -- but banning another word from our lexicon is at best a token solution, and at worst misguided. I wish that banning the other B-word would result in improved self-worth for girls everywhere but that simply wouldn't be the case. Instead, let's celebrate fabulously bossy girls.

Explaining My Gender to a Calgary Talk Radio Station

Rae Spoon | Posted 06.04.2014 | Canada Music
Rae Spoon

I recently ended up on a talk radio show based in my hometown of Calgary. "Is this Rae Spoon?" asked the interviewer. "Yes, it is," I replied. "And you are transgender, right?" "Yes, I am." "And we're supposed to use a different word for you?"...In over 10 years, through the hundreds of interviews I'd done with people firing questions at me about being transgender, I had always tried to avoid answering the ones that sounded like they were something off of Jerry Springer.

Why Women Still Suffer From the Ally McBeal Effect

Erica Berman | Posted 05.25.2014 | 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.

Systemic Misogyny and the Downfall Of Alison Redford

Shannon McClennan | Posted 05.22.2014 | 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.