Monthly Archives: October 2011

Do feminists have an obligation to “out” themselves?

Last week Rick Mercer inspired a welcome debate about whether or not gays and lesbians who survived the hell that high school often is for them to become successful leaders in their field have an obligation to own their sexual … Continue reading

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IBM CEO and the female confidence issue

It’s 1997, and I’m on the phone in the home office space I share with my husband. He’s leaping up and down and gesticulating wildly in an effort to change the words coming out of my mouth. Why? Because I’m … Continue reading

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School mobilizes in response to Jamie Hubley’s suicide

Amy Johnson jokes that she has 5 kids at home, and 500 at work. An energetic mother and deeply committed high school principal in rural Ontario, she has also been a longtime advocate for gay youth. So when she read … Continue reading

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Saluting Kim Pate for giving voice to marginalized women

Entering the Governor General’s residence four years ago for the Persons Case award ceremony, I bumped into Kim Pate, the indefatigable head of the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies. Familiar with Kim’s history as an outspoken advocate on behalf … Continue reading

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Calling Haligonian women with informed opinions

Courtesy of the organizational efforts of Martha Paynter, Informed Opinions will be delivering a commentary-writing workshop in Halifax on Monday, October 24th for women interested in learning how to translate their subject matter expertise into accessible opinion pieces for publication online … Continue reading

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Critical context on Missing Women inquiry

Yesterday former BC Attorney General Wally Oppal opened the BC commission of inquiry established to investigate how so many aboriginal women could go missing off of Vancouver streets over so many years with so little effort to find out why. … Continue reading

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To blog or not to blog…

Posting content to a blog may have gotten Julie Powell a book deal that in turn lead to an international best seller and a blockbuster movie (starring Meryl Streep, no less), but updating a personally maintained website with random thoughts … Continue reading

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