Womens' Issues

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.

I May Not Look Homeless, But I Am

Street Haven | Posted 08.21.2015 | Canada Living
Street Haven

A lot of people have the perception that shelter life today is for the junkie, the uneducated, the criminal or the battered wife seeking refuge from her abusive partner. In my experience, most of the people I have met in the shelter system are there for a variety of reasons. In the shelter I have met bank tellers, writers, students and even retirees.

30 Years Later, We Still Need a Women's Debate

Clare Beckton | Posted 07.29.2015 | Canada Politics
Clare Beckton

To debate or not to debate -- that is the question? Election fever has begun in Canada well before the election call. So much for the concept of a six-week election blitz. One of the issues floating through all of the talk is a push for a leaders' debate on women's issues similar to the televised one held on August 15, 1984. In 1984 few could imagine that a need would exist for another debate in 2015. Surely all of the issues facing women in Canada would be resolved by then! Sadly this is not the case. Canada, once a leader respecting advancement of women has slipped behind other countries.

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!

Is it ever okay to cry at the office?

Jessica Glazer | Posted 06.24.2015 | Canada Living
Jessica Glazer

In the 1992 film A League of Their Own, Tom Hanks' character, a coach, responds to a female player who started to cry almost uncontrollably when she couldn't handle the criticism, yelling: "There's No Crying In Baseball!! THERE'S NO CRYING IN BASEBALL!!!!"

Stop Hating on Women Who Care About Beauty

BrazenWoman | Posted 05.22.2015 | Canada Living
BrazenWoman

Clearly, I'm not the only woman in the world concerned about maintaining her looks. There's a whole industry dedicated to just that. And yet, there seems to be a burgeoning negative narrative when it comes to women and beauty.

When You're Fat It's Everyone's Business

Monica Parker | Posted 05.14.2015 | Canada Living
Monica Parker

I was on the beach, happy to be alone. I was minding my own business, which is not allowed when one is fat. It's everyone's business. A beautiful redhead jogged past me wearing a pink string-thing. In a soft voice, she introduced herself as Melissa, and then said she hoped I wouldn't be offended. I work for a diet company and we have these amazing appetite suppressants..."

I Wasn't Raped, But I Want to Talk About Being Violated

Rachel Bulatovich | Posted 06.29.2015 | Canada Living
Rachel Bulatovich

To call what happened to me "rape" would be dishonest and disrespectful to survivors of rape. I was, however, a prime candidate for rape twice in my life, and escaped by the skin of my teeth both times. Our society seems to think it's rape or bust: minor sexual assaults are tragically unreported, and this is why I'm writing this piece: I want to change that. If every woman who's been a victim tells her story, we can start to stitch together a narrative of sexual violence, the understanding of which is the first step towards eradicating it. I know it's difficult to tell people about experiences where you weren't in control, but think of it this way: by speaking about your experiences, you're giving a voice to other victims, past, present and future.

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.

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

Plan International Canada | Posted 05.19.2015 | 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

Sorry Ladies, Clothing-Optional Spas Make Me Awkward

Hannah Jack | Posted 05.11.2015 | Canada Living
Hannah Jack

I'm a feminist, but that doesn't mean want to see your bush. Let me explain. I spent my morning at a water spa in the city. An important part of this scenario is that bathing suits are optional. Great! Cool! I'm a modern lady! I've seen Dove commercials! Nakedness is no problem for me. EXCEPT THAT IT FOR SURE WAS!!!!!

How to Beat the Winter Blues and SAD

Dr. Jennifer Pearlman | Posted 05.04.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. Jennifer Pearlman

SAD tends to present in adulthood and affects eight times more women than men. As we gain a deeper understanding of how circadian and seasonal rhythms are at play within our bodies, we will be better equipped to help patients combat wintertime blues and SAD. Here are six steps to get started.

104 Years Later Women Still Demand and Deserve Better

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 04.30.2015 | 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.

Human Trafficking Is Part of the Story of Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 04.21.2015 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Aboriginal women and girls are at higher risk of becoming victims of human trafficking in Canada than non-aboriginals, according to Canada's National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking. This selling and abusing of people -- a modern-day form of slavery -- is one of the pieces that make up the complex puzzle of Canada's more than 1,100 missing and murdered aboriginal women. And another reason we must take action.

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.

Violence Against Women in Canada: Enough Is Enough

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 03.29.2015 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

We know from our daily lives that gender-based violence remains rampant. The facts support this conclusion: half of women in Canada have suffered physical or sexual violence. Exactly when did we, as a society, become accustomed to violence? We must ensure access to coordinated services that keep women and children safe.

Will Canada Commit To Addressing Gender Inequality in 2015?

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 03.14.2015 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

Canada's health and survival ranking is particularly troubling as the gap between men and women globally is narrowest in the category of health and survival. In fact, 96 per cent of the gap between men and women has been closed and 35 countries show no difference between outcomes for men and women.

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.)

Why Do So Many Still Fear the "F" Word

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 02.11.2015 | Canada Living
Craig and Marc Kielburger

There are a growing number of people who spurn the words "feminism" and "feminist" even though they support women's rights and equality. It seems there's widespread misunderstanding about what these terms mean. And the message that sends to youth about the ideals of gender equality concerns us deeply

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 This Boy Realized His Abused Mother Is a Super Hero

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 01.29.2015 | Canada Living
Kirsty Duncan

A 30-year-old women came to my office and cried because after a decade of abuse, she had mustered the courage to leave a horrific and impossible situation. She was now being forced out of the shelter, and she had no job, no food, and did not know how she was going to support her children. Her son sat beside her, rolling his eyes.

Canada Needs a Plan to Address Violence Against Immigrant and Refugee Women

University of Toronto News | Posted 01.17.2015 | Canada Politics
University of Toronto News

The report calls for a national plan to address violence against immigrant and refugee women and immigration policies that better support immigrants in precarious circumstances. It calls on the federal government to abolish the two-year conditional status for sponsored spouses, reinstate access to the Interim Federal Health program to all refugee claimants and uphold the privacy of all people who have access to social and health services.

The 10 Money Fears that Block Women From Wealth

Alyson Jones | Posted 01.11.2015 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

As a therapist I have worked with many successful women who have the "fraud syndrome," where they think they do not deserve the success they are experiencing and that somebody somehow will find out that they are faking it. There are also those who are suspicious of success and power. Here are some of the common blocks and defeating thoughts that women commonly experience.

Why It's Sometimes OK for a Woman to "Need" a Man

Debra Macleod | Posted 11.05.2014 | Canada Living
Debra Macleod

Ask your date to walk you to your car after dark. Ask your boyfriend to reach that plate on the top shelf, fix your computer or check your leaky faucet. I can hear the snarks from women now. Yet many men long to feel needed in a healthy way in their relationships.