Last week I wrote about the activism in the NBA; the way basketball players were using their status to continue to shine a light on anti-Black racism and demand action and change. And, I missed something. The roots of resistance: the WNBA Long before the NBA players paused the playoffs, … [Continue reading] Activism and Oppression – honouring the WNBA
PepsiCo wants to launch a Lady Doritos chip. No, it’s not pink… But I think it says a LOT about how women are still viewed in society. Take a look: It’s going to be a bag that is smaller (to fit in a purse), less messy, and…wait for it….quieter! Not as crunchy – but they have promised to … [Continue reading] What a chip says about how we still view women
I recently attended the Regional Diversity Roundtable’s event “It’s 2015: Which Women have Arrived?” It was an interesting and thought-provoking evening. One of the speakers was Sandeep Tatla – Chief Diversity Officer from the Ontario College of Trades. Here were a few statistics Sandeep … [Continue reading] Which Women Have Arrived?
The Women’s World Cup is being held across Canada next year. Apparently the decision was made to use Astroturf fields instead of grass. The reason? FIFA wanted to “test it out”. Hmmm...I wonder why they didn’t see fit to test it out THIS year during the World Cup? It’s a decision (and a defense) … [Continue reading] Women as “testers”?
First of all, "Happy Pride" if you live in Toronto! One of the most common questions I get as a pregnant woman is "do you know the gender of your baby?" This is a problematic question for a couple of reasons (at least): 1. The term is not correct: Sex and gender are not the same thing (although … [Continue reading] Gender Neutral – huh?
A little levity on a Friday afternoon....with a message, of course. I walked into the pet store earlier this week and was confronted with a large cardboard marketing campaign for Family Stickers – the new thing in advertising who we are through our vehicles. You may have seen them – they are stick … [Continue reading] Family Stickers
Last month Australia made a significant change on their passport application forms; there are now three options for “gender” – M, F and X. When your passport doesn’t reflect what you look like – when your listed gender doesn’t match who you are - it can be, in the words of Senator Louise Pratt, … [Continue reading] The Difference an “X” Can Make
This week I was forwarded the list of Canada’s 50 Best Corporate Citizens (2011). It’s a list that Corporate Knights (“the Magazine for Clean Capitalism”) started about 10 years ago. Who knew there was such a list? I was amazed! I discovered through Madelaine Drohan’s article in the report … [Continue reading] Corporate Social Responsibility – what about inside the organization?
We're lucky in Canada to have a Human Rights Code that recognizes the inherent right to fair and equitable treatment, regardless of who we are...well, almost. Gender Identity is still not specified as a prohibited ground for discrimination under the Code. Most of us probably haven't given this … [Continue reading] Gender Identity & Human Rights
We haven't come as far as we think. Although there are many more women in the workforce than in 1987 when the Conference Board of Canada started their study, the number of women in middle and senior management has flat-lined. Men are still twice as likely to be in management positions as women. … [Continue reading] Women in Management