Womens Empowerment

Menstruation Should Be Celebrated, Not Shamed

Irene Whittaker Cumming | Posted 12.17.2014 | Canada Impact
Irene Whittaker Cumming

has always been that messy and exciting hallmark of puberty signifying the possibility of fertility. Today it is but one occurrence in a lifetime of shaming women's bodies, diminishing the natural beauty and power of every female. (Not to mention they want them smelling and looking like daisies in a meadow. Vaginas are not flowers. They are vaginas.)

Five Ways You Can Promote Gender Equality in Your Workplace

Katie Zeppieri | Posted 12.10.2014 | 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.

Why Every Sorority Stereotype You Heard Is Wrong

Christina Campo | Posted 10.22.2014 | Canada Living
Christina Campo

I have often been told that I don't seem like a "typical" sorority girl and I'm never sure how to take that. Am I being applauded for not being a daft, superficial party girl straight out of Animal House? Obviously we go to parties (like most university and college students do), but this has never been the primary function of a sorority.

Want to Get Ahead as a Woman? Follow Reese Witherspoon's Movie Lead

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 12.20.2014 | Canada Living
Betty Ann Heggie

There are a number of lessons here for women. First, we have the capability to independently take our own journeys (metaphorically and in reality). We don't need a man. Next, we need to adjust our thinking about the events in our lives. Too often we ruminate on what we could have done differently or measure ourselves by an unachievable external bar, set way too high.

Why Aren't People Engaging in Conversations About Money?

Anita Saulite | Posted 12.13.2014 | Canada
Anita Saulite

Finance, money, debt planning, retirement saving etc., there is sufficient reading material out there on these subjects and experts in the industry for advice. Yet we continue to see record debt levels, low savings rates and lifestyles being extended through borrowed money. Why haven't we been more successful in increasing financial literacy and promoting better financial behaviours?

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?

Why Competition Holds Entrepreneurs Back

Kim Smiley | Posted 12.03.2014 | Canada Business
Kim Smiley

We tend to be so hung up on rising to the top that we fail to realize that being overly competitive can actually push us down. True greatness comes to those who elevate others; who lift them up without regard to where it will place them in the hierarchy of the marketplace of life.

Africa's Booming Population Needs Agricultural Innovation

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 10.22.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Africa's 600 million hectares of uncultivated land -- more than half the global total -- adds up to a recipe for a better food future. Agricultural innovation, education, and the resulting empowerment of women and girls promises to make the coming population boom a turning point toward truly sustainable development.

How G(irls)20 Hopes to End 'No Girls Allowed' In Classrooms

G(irls)20 | Posted 10.12.2014 | Canada Impact
G(irls)20

As schools start to fill up this fall, let us not forget about all the young women and girls who will not be sitting in a classroom of their own. Especially those girls who are denied education, forced into marriage at an early age, or simply deprived of educational resources.

South African Women Need Mental Liberation

G(irls)20 | Posted 10.11.2014 | Canada Impact
G(irls)20

The next step for South African women is mental liberation. More women should spend time deciding what they want, regardless of societal expectations, and put these plans into action. This can range from a top position professionally, or an escape from an abusive relationship.

Empowering the Next Generation of Female Leaders

Carrie Kirkman | Posted 10.09.2014 | Canada Impact
Carrie Kirkman

I am a firm believer that as you climb the corporate ladder it's incredibly important to remember to throw down a rope. When I discovered G(irls)20, I knew this was an organization I could get behind both professionally and personally.

#SorryNotSorry: Rise of the Unapologetic Woman

Carlen Costa | Posted 09.15.2014 | Canada Living
Carlen Costa

This is about the end of excuses. It's about the end of the perpetual apology and the idea that if we as women don't rally, pull ourselves together and support one another we won't make it out alive. What I have experienced is that women more often than not say "I'm sorry" than any other phrase.

Turning a Big Idea Into Global Change

G(irls)20 | Posted 09.14.2014 | Canada Impact
G(irls)20

2013-06-12-blog_girls_20_summit_v01A.pngWhat would happen if the world's 3.5 billion women set out to fix the biggest problems facing their communities? The G(irls)20 Summit is bringing together young women from around the globe to answer that question. The goal: Use bold ideas to improve the fortunes of their home regions and, hopefully, the world.

How This Company Champions Women in Leadership

G(irls)20 | Posted 09.08.2014 | Canada Impact
G(irls)20

The declining proportion of women the higher up the career ladder you get is an issue that many companies grapple with, especially in the very male-dominated hotel industry. At Rezidor, we have decided to tackle it head on.

What's the Difference Between Power and Empowerment?

Andrina Lever | Posted 09.06.2014 | Canada Living
Andrina Lever

What does empowerment really mean? Where does empowerment begin? Discussions around women's empowerment are very topical now and I have been pondering...

What Empowerment Means to Me

G(irls)20 | Posted 08.30.2014 | Canada Impact
G(irls)20

The word makes me feel strong. It allows me an element of control over my professional and personal life. It gives me the confidence to believe that I deserve to have the same opportunities as men. It holds me responsible and accountable for my own happiness and the direction that I take my life. It gives me the strength to refuse to be victimized.

Understanding Finances Can Lead to a Healthier Life

Dr. Meghan Walker | Posted 08.10.2014 | Canada Business
Dr. Meghan Walker

Financial stress has been identified on the intake forms of nearly 80 per cent of my naturopathy clients, most of whom are women. For a significant portion of these individuals, it is not that they don't have adequate earnings; it is usually that their money is not managed in a manner that supports their lifestyle or long-term goals.

6 Ways Fears Around Female Sexuality Are Screwing Up Our Girls

Anea Bogue | Posted 07.14.2014 | Canada Living
Anea Bogue

At a time when research suggests that the average girl's self-esteem peaks at the age of nine and then plummets, '9 Ways' uncovers the root causes of the self-esteem crisis, the ways we are unknowingly contributing to it, and what we can do to ensure that every girl (and future woman) is empowered to reach her full potential.

Top Tips For Budget-Friendly Solo Travel

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 05.31.2014 | Canada Travel
Sacha DeVoretz

I absolutely agree that travel is the best way to learn more about neighbours in other parts of the world and also about ourselves. But where I am bit discouraged is why so much emphasis is placed on traveling for youth and not adults.

Spring Ahead: How to Achieve the Unthinkable in Your Life

Anita Saulite | Posted 04.16.2014 | Canada Living
Anita Saulite

The first day of spring is just around the corner. The colder winter months will soon be gone and with spring on our door step, it's time to get moving in the right direction with your life and working on your goals. It's also a great time to reflect on where your life is heading as every new season offers new possibilities and a time for renewal.

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...

Encouraging Women in Sport

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 02.19.2014 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

We need more women on sports boards to provide a greater diversity of skills, experiences, opinions and strategies for improved governance and better results. National sports organizations that are funded by Sport Canada should be held accountable to reflect the stakeholders who are their members.

Empowering Women, Empowering the World...

Paula Pyne | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Paula Pyne

"The future depends on what you do today." ~ Mahatma Gandhi It was more than a day of Building Personal Brands; it was an uplifting experience with...

Don't Let Money Mistakes Define You

Anita Saulite | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Anita Saulite

When I first started investing my money, I bought a penny stock (highly speculative investment) and didn't conduct the necessary due diligence (aka research) to really learn about the company and its potential. A well-meaning friend had recommended the stock. Thankfully I only invested a small amount of money, but lost every penny (excuse the pun). It stopped me dead in my tracks. I avoided investing for a short period of time until I regained my confidence. It took a while. I had never experienced a financial loss to this point. It was a powerful learning experience that reframed my approach to investing.

Chivalry Might Be Dead, But That's Not a Bad Thing

Kolby Solinsky | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Kolby Solinsky

A piece titled "Why Chivalry Is Dead, From a Man's Perspective," tweaked me. The thing about the norm is, it changes. All the time. It evolves. Personally, ladies of my life, I will continue to hold the door for you, I will continue to bring you soup when you have a cold, and I will always strive to do something nice for you just because it's a Wednesday. And yes, I'd like to treat you to dinner. But I won't do it for the sake of some outdated ideological battle and I won't do it just because you're a woman.