Category Archives: Valuing Women

Girls fuel outrage and inspiration

I don’t often shout back at the TV, despite the vast volume of material it broadcasts that I find vile or banal. But last week I couldn’t help myself. The object of my fury wasn’t Fox News or Sun TV, … Continue reading

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Canada’s anthem back in the hot seat

Jian Ghomeshi calls it common sense. But will the government listen? Last week, some of Canada’s most notable women (including Informed Opinions Honorary Patrons, Senator Nancy Ruth and the Rt. Hon. Kim Campbell) launched a formidable campaign advocating that gender-neutral … Continue reading

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New partner puts chocolate in the mouths of expert women

Warning: this post contains an unabashed product endorsement. It’s the one thing I try not to leave home without: Cocoa Camino Mint chocolate. But there I was, stranded in the middle of a snowstorm in Toronto without my stash. So I … Continue reading

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Women on boards to counter “affirmative action plan for men”?

The following op ed was published in the Ottawa Citizen 23 September 2013. Here’s an interesting contradiction: the business mantra “What gets measured gets done” is universally understood as an effective way to monitor many aspects of performance. And yet … Continue reading

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“Get me rewrite!” – a truly inclusive O Canada

The positive responses to our video campaign in pursuit of a more inclusive O Canada are still outpacing the cranky ignorant ones, and among the most inspiring was an email I received from Toronto poet and physician, Ron Charach. He … Continue reading

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Official sexism brought to you by Canada’s national anthem

The following op ed, commissioned by the Montreal Gazette, also appears in  today’s Saskatoon Star Phoenix. It’s like poking a hornet’s nest: Dare to suggest that the words to the English version of our national anthem should be altered to … Continue reading

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Gloria Steinem: why the women’s movement is more important than ever

In the following 3-minute clip from a recent BBC interview, Gloria Steinem explains why the women’s movement is more important than ever. (Spoiler alert: Yes, it does relate to the fact that more American women were killed at the hands … Continue reading

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Media exposure creates ripples of influence

There’s no predicting what impact your media intervention might have, but here are a couple of recent examples of the ripples created by published op eds… ****** Two days after Kathleen Wynn was elected leader of the Ontario Liberal party, … Continue reading

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“It’s not about you”

Will Dena McMartin’s recent op ed in the Regina Leader-Post help prevent a flooding disaster and save lives? It just might. And even if it doesn’t, the informed analysis of the University of Regina professor of environmental systems engineering offered … Continue reading

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Weighing In On the Work-At-Home Debate

Even if you lament some aspects of how the media cover Marissa Mayer (Yahoo CEO) or Sheryl Sandberg (Facebook COO), or note how different their realities are from those of most women, their significant responsibilities and high profiles offer strong … Continue reading

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