Womens' Issues

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.)

Why Do So Many Still Fear the "F" Word

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 12.12.2014 | 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 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.

How This Boy Realized His Abused Mother Is a Super Hero

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 11.29.2014 | 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 11.17.2014 | 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 11.11.2014 | 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.

Corporate Gender Quotas Will Not Fix Sexism

Kathryn Marshall | Posted 09.22.2014 | Canada Living
Kathryn Marshall

Liberal Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette is proposing a private member's bill that will institute a quota system that will mandate that 40 per cent of all corporate board members must be female. Gender quotas result in good numbers on paper, but that's about all they do for the advancement of women. In reality, gender quotas simply reinforce tokenism and push the sexist belief that women somehow aren't "good enough" to earn power on their own.

Want to Climb the Corporate Ladder? These Skills Are a Leg Up

Andrea Lekushoff | Posted 08.08.2014 | Canada Business
Andrea Lekushoff

In today's highly competitive business world, climbing the corporate ladder takes more than a good education and solid job experience. You need to have an edge -- and being a strong communicator can help. But business communication isn't just about public speaking and writing.

Does the Government Even Realize How Many People Are Living With An Eating Disorder?

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 07.08.2014 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

Frustrated Canadians living with eating disorders, families and health practitioners also want to have a greater presence at government and the Mental Health Commission discussion tables. Anorexia nervosa has the highest mortality rate of all mental health disorders. Women with anorexia are 12 times more likely to die than women of the same age without the condition.

Where Have All the Female Lawyers Gone?

Andrea Lekushoff | Posted 05.20.2014 | Canada Business
Andrea Lekushoff

Women now constitute nearly half of the North American workforce, and in nearly half of households all adults work, but the business model of most Canadian law firms has not evolved to reflect this significant social change. A change in management approach is clearly needed.

If Steve Paikin Wants Women On His Show, Maybe He Should Stop Insulting Them

Kathryn Marshall | Posted 05.19.2014 | Canada
Kathryn Marshall

Paikin offers up another reason women guests are so hard to come by, and this one will floor you. He says "we've also discovered there also seems to be something in women's DNA that makes them harder to book." I think the last time I read something along those lines was in my undergraduate women's studies critical theory course, but it was something written in the 1800's. According to Paikin: "No man will say, "Sorry, can't do your show tonight, my roots are showing." I'm sure these words will find their way in a women's studies course someday too, to be picked apart by clever students who won't believe for a second it was written in 2014.

If the Olympics Was All Female Canada Would Have Placed First

Lee Tunstall | Posted 05.07.2014 | Canada Living
Lee Tunstall

In honour of this International Women's Day, it seems fitting we turn our attention to our female Olympians, who performed so wonderfully well at Sochi, and made all of us back in Canada exceptionally proud. How well did they do? Very well. If there were an all-female Olympics, Canada would have placed first in the medal count, with six gold, six silver and one bronze.

Why Is the Government Sidelining Eating Disorders?

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 04.29.2014 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

Canadians may be shocked to learn that there are no long-term, publicly-funded residential care facilities in Canada. Wait times for treatment are so long that many Canadians with eating disorders are forced to go abroad for private health care, and return with little follow-up care. It is time that a national eating disorders awareness and education campaign be launched, and that Canada develop a national strategy to address these serious mental health conditions, including early diagnosis and access to the full range of necessary care, a national registry, and a robust research program.

Canada Must Act to Stop Child Marriages Now

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 04.10.2014 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

Canadians should know that early and forced marriage is not just an issue of developing countries. For example, recently there were 100 documented cases in Ontario, involving young girls who left Canada and were forced to marry. We need real action, an area where this government often stumbles badly.

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...

How to Talk About Money With Your Partner (and Keep Your Cool)

Anita Saulite | Posted 03.18.2014 | Canada Living
Anita Saulite

Do you talk about money with your partner, better half, significant other? Many of us don't have this conversation and struggle just to address the topic. If we find the courage to reach out and engage in conversations about money how do we keep our emotions in check?

My 2014 Wishes for Women in Canada

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 03.11.2014 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

As we gather with family and friends across our great country to celebrate the end of 2013, and as we look forward to a more hopeful 2014, let this be a New Year focused on Canadians, and not on political drama and scandal. And let parliamentarians work to ensure a brighter future for all women in Canada. Women's help and ideas are needed to see what Canada can do better to increase the participation of women in our economy, to ensure their health and safety and that of their children, and to build a better life for all Canadians.

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.

An Unconventional Holiday List

Margot Franssen | Posted 02.08.2014 | Canada Impact
Margot Franssen

My favourite holiday list is my own personal checklist for charitable giving. Personally, I'd rather choose one organization that fits my values and priorities, and then confidently donate a good chunk of change over the long-term -- sort of like investing in a blue-chip stock. How to choose?

Why Women Stay in Abusive Relationships

Sandra Hawken Diaz | Posted 01.26.2014 | Canada Living
Sandra Hawken Diaz

We've all seen the recent headlines with high profile allegations of domestic abuse. I can't count the number of times I've heard friends and family ask the same question of those stories: "why doesn't she just leave?" Too many people assume that if a woman is in an abusive relationship that she is making a choice to stay and that she has the power to end the abuse if she just leaves.

How I'm Raising Awareness About Violence Against Women

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

On this day to combat and raise awareness of violence against women, I donate to our women's shelters, and light candles in remembrance of many: all those I have known who have been hurt by a family member, a partner, a friend, an acquaintance; all those who are still struggling to escape the violence; and all those who are slowly healing.

Hey Justin, We're Not Your "Ladies"

Kathryn Marshall | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Kathryn Marshall

Thursday night in Toronto, "ladies" are invited for cocktails and candid conversation (for $250 a head) with Justin -- unplugged! The Liberal Party has even been so kind as to craft an invitation specially for our gender, complete with cute cursive writing and lots of splashy colours. The only thing missing from this creepy, patronizing and unbelievably ridiculous picture are scented pages and locks of Trudeau's hair as door prizes. Fortunately, Trudeau's plan has totally backfired.

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.

Easy Ways to Make Menopause a Breeze

Rose Reisman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Rose Reisman

Women can begin experiencing symptoms anywhere between the ages of 39 - 51 and they can last for at least 5 years or more. The most common symptoms are hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, weight gain, sleep disturbances, forgetfulness and fatigue. Sounds great? Not exactly. But you must remember that menopause is not an illness nor does it mean it's all downhill after this.