Womens Empowerment

An Authentic Role Model for Motherhood

Katie Zeppieri | Posted 08.28.2015 | Canada Parents
Katie Zeppieri

To all new and expecting mothers Tara encourages you to: "Get connected. Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a village to carry a mother so don't be afraid to reach out to someone walking the same journey. We can walk together because our children need us to be the best mothers that we can possibly be."

5 Inspiring Quotes from 5 Inspiring Women

Hannah Alper | Posted 08.27.2015 | Canada Living
Hannah Alper

This week, I'm celebrating Women's Equality Day and continuing the conversation when we not only talk about the issue of women's equality but how we can reach equality for all. This is also a time when we highlight some amazing women who shine a light on this issue and believe that we can get there.

Three Ways Women Can Empower Each Other in the 21st Century

Corina Walsh | Posted 08.15.2015 | Canada Business
Corina Walsh

Women today are blessed with choice. Women in the Western world get to choose whether they want a career, to have kids, or both. It seems to be a rule of law however, that whatever choice a woman makes today someone is ready to point out that her choice is the wrong one.

Want to Be Empowered? Go to the Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games

Dr. Ivan Joseph | Posted 08.08.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. Ivan Joseph

If we can learn one thing from the Parapan Am athletes, it's that we can fulfill our dreams and find greatness in the most difficult and unconventional of circumstances. But we need to believe in ourselves, first and foremost. Then we need to follow through with hard work and grit. The Toronto Parapan Am Games will be the largest ever held, with more than 1600 athletes from 28 countries. Attend the Games to support the athletes but, more importantly, to be inspired and empowered by them.

From Barbells to Boardrooms: Career Advice from Women Who Influenced Me

Maureen (Mo) Hagan | Posted 07.18.2015 | Canada Business
Maureen (Mo) Hagan

Ladies, you have a lot to offer any industry. You are intelligent, nurturing, and have so many great qualities that are the corner stones of success. So hold your head high, know your worth, learn from each other and show 'em what you're made of!

Women Leaders Know What They Value

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 07.08.2015 | Canada Business
Betty Ann Heggie

When women know what they value, they naturally become leaders. Their lives have meaning, which gives them more energy. They take more risks in the name of their cause and are more resilient when things don't go as planned. All of this adds up to more of that precious commodity known as "presence."

Why Amy Schumer Should Be on the Cover of a Fashion Magazine

Nicholas Nazar | Posted 06.12.2015 | Canada Living
Nicholas Nazar

Amy Schumer is dead right: "some of [women's magazines] make you feel bad just for being born with a pussy." Please help me understand. Why is that so? Will a woman against the idea of featuring Amy Schumer on the cover of a fashion magazine please stand and speak up?

It's Time to Embrace Our Individuality and Love the Woman in the Mirror

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 06.30.2015 | Canada Living
Betty Ann Heggie

We women face unnecessary scrutiny regarding our bodies. Those who weight-shame will often use the excuse that they are just concerned about our health; but rather, it stems from paternal, controlling judgement. We need to love the woman in the mirror, to embrace our individuality and celebrate our unique selves.

The Tool Canada Uses to Assess the Gender Gap

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 06.29.2015 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

This March, the international community came together for the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action. Against this backdrop, it is important to examine, once again, the existing gender gap in Canada, and what is happening with respect to GBA -- an analytical tool to assess how the impact of policies and programs on women might differ from their impact on men.

4 Ways to Freshen up Your Sex Life This Spring

Carlen Costa | Posted 06.23.2015 | Canada Living
Carlen Costa

Just as our homes need some freshening, so do our sex lives. This time of year serves as a reminder to pause, and take a look at how you can positively contribute to not only the life around you, but to nurture the energy of the life within you.

This Feminist Filmmaker Is Helping Change the Face of Porn

Carlen Costa | Posted 06.19.2015 | Canada Living
Carlen Costa

Erika Lust's didn't want her daughters to grow up and be exposed to the commercialized and commoditized usage of women's bodies that is typical in mainstream porn; she demanded something different. Her bold emergence into the world of erotic filmmaking has been a breath of fresh air into the erotic genre industry.

How the Internet Can Help Young Women Empower Themselves

Pascal Zamprelli | Posted 05.20.2015 | Canada Living
Pascal Zamprelli

This much we know: not long ago Dalton McGuinty backed away from proposed changes to Ontario's sexual education curriculum; today, Kathleen Wynne is intent on going ahead with them. What's changed? Both the data and the success stories we see at Change.org suggest women -- in particular young women -- are most adept at tapping into the digital age's potential and that changes everything.

What My Grandmother Taught Me About Women's Rights

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 05.08.2015 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

March 8, or International Women's Day and the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Platform is here. As we reach this important milestone, let each of us look back at our grandmothers' lives, what was accomplished, and how our own lives were transformed by them.

No Oscar Yet For Canada in Gender Equality at the Top

Jay Rosenzweig | Posted 04.27.2015 | Canada Living
Jay Rosenzweig

By coincidence, just as the Academy Awards were being handed out, our executive recruitment firm, Rosenzweig & Company, was getting ready to release its 10th annual Report on Women at the Top Levels of Corporate Canada. The findings show that wage equality, while important, is just part of the issue. The reality is that even if women in Canada achieve complete wage equality at every level, there are far too few women in the highest paid corporate executive positions positioned to reap that reward.

Being on Reality TV Taught Me that Your Story Can Limit You

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 04.07.2015 | Canada Living
Betty Ann Heggie

Each of us has a story about who we are, the work we do, the people we love, or even why we arrive late to the office. We live each day according to these stories, seeing and believing the information that reinforces them and ignoring the rest. My participation in the reality TV show, "Who Lives Here?," precipitated this a-ha moment for me.

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.

9 Resolutions for Women Who Want to Reclaim Their Power

Anea Bogue | Posted 03.04.2015 | Canada Living
Anea Bogue

Treat your voice as a muscle and remember that like all muscles, it gets stronger with use. Many of us stopped using our voice honestly and boldly when we were girls and were taught, as part of our socialization, to say and do what would most please others. Start small by practicing with those who will love you no matter what comes out of your mouth.

Menstruation Should Be Celebrated, Not Shamed

Irene Whittaker Cumming | Posted 02.16.2015 | 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 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.

Why Every Sorority Stereotype You Heard Is Wrong

Christina Campo | Posted 12.22.2014 | 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.