Posts Categorized: women

A DEATH IN THE FAMILY

Writing can be cathartic for me and never more so than now, following the American election results of this last week. I have more than a glancing relationship with the United States, which could, in part, explain my visceral reaction to this election.  My parents moved our family from Victoria to Southern California in 1958 to seek new and better opportunities.  In 1961, we settled in Northern Nevada where my parents lived and worked until their return to Victoria in…

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On the Margins?

The federal election campaign is in full swing, but with two more months until voting day, that “campaign swing” will probably be more of a “campaign stagger,” as hustings-weary candidates, parties and Canadian voters head to the finish line on October 19.       If we can believe all the pundits and non-stop media coverage, this election is becoming more of a three-way race between Conservatives, NDP and Liberals, with anticipated gains by the Greens on the West Coast,…

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CELEBRATE International Women’s Day 2015

Celebrating International Women’s Day – March 8        This year’s United Nations’ theme for International Women’s Day is “Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity:  Picture it!”  The International Women’s Day theme is “Make It Happen,” with a dedicated hashtag (#MakeItHappen) for social media.  International Women’s Day 2015 commemorates the 20th anniversary year of the Bejing Declaration and Platform for Action, an historic path that charts the future and sets the agenda “for realizing women’s rights.” On March 8, 2015 Canadians,…

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Recent Study Released on Gender Equality

CBC News covered a new study released by the non-profit group Catalyst Canada (promoting women in business), that shows that gender equality on corporate boards in Canada puts us in the “middle of the pack.”  As of October 2014, the study reveals that 20.8% of seats at the Board table of companies listed on the S&P and TSX 60 market index were filled by women.  This adds to gender diversity statistics I shared in my earlier blog article, from the…

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Gender Politics — Making a Difference

Women seem to be making a breakthrough in local politics in the Capital Regional District (CRD), especially during the 2014 municipal election cycle.  Two new female faces in the City of Victoria and in Sooke (Mayors Lisa Helps and Maja Tait) join other CRD women Mayors Barb Desjardins, Carol Hamilton and Alice Finall.  While this may not reflect a big gain in numbers for women over time at the Mayor level, it suggests to me a trend by women towards…

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Making Room for Women – The OSLER Report

In a recently published report by OSLER, titled “Planning for 2015:  A 2014 Canadian Proxy Season Retrospective,” gender diversity on boards and in senior management is acknowledged as a long standing concern.  Among Canada’s 500 largest companies, the report indicates that board seats held by women sits at just 15.9%.  While there have been improvements to communication, recruitment and media interest in the subject, progress over time has been “slow.”  For example, in 2011, the percentage of women directors among…

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Women As Leaders

Women in leadership led the November 25th Times Colonist front page, “Mostly Female Councils Changing the Face of Politics,”  focused on the number of female candidates elected in the CRD as a result of the most recent municipal election.  Although many women may be newly elected to local government, we know that they are not new to various leadership roles in their own lives and communities.  Women bring unique perspectives to public life and as the TC article suggests, women…

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