January 12, 2014
- “For those women who do manage to get their foot in the corporate door, there is no lack of hours to work. It’s their pay that looks different. Women with MBAs earn $8,167 per year less than their male colleagues in their first jobs after graduation. And the pay gap, here as in every other field, just keeps on growing as they enter their 30s and 40s.” Only 3 of Canada’s Top 100 CEOs are women, and a majority of Canadian corporations do not have a single woman on their boards. A discouraging report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.
- As Naomi Wolf points out, however, things aren’t easy even for women who do manage to gain top corporate jobs. In her Globe and Mail piece, she shows how media coverage of female CEOs undermines and negates the legitimacy of their success, and calls out her fellow journalists for “performing the role of guard dogs of an endangered patriarchy, defending and thus strengthening the glass ceiling”.
- Men, are you a feminist? An easy flow chart to help you find out.
- “I was so worried about being mistaken for a smelly, loud, foreign alien, that my solution was to be as white as possible. And then I watched Bend it Like Beckham.” Manisha Aggarwal-Schifellite’s celebration of how the film helped her integrate her Indian and Canadian identities.
- “Because of the confusion about care for refugees, all women without resident status are now being treated with suspicion and aggression at hospitals when they give birth.” Changes to health care coverage for refugees in Canada have left many women without pre- and post-natal care, and while some provinces are stepping in to cover federal program cuts, “the cracks are so big that we don’t know who is falling through them.”
- “In a society where politicians are uncomfortable hearing the the word vagina, it’s unsurprising that there is little regulation of the adult toy industry and little research into the effects of sex toys and accessories can have on the body.” Are your sex toys safe?
- “I’ve taken my heels off as a feminist statement really, because why do we wear them? They’re so painful. And pointless, really. You know, I really would like to urge everyone to stop it. Just stop it. Don’t wear them anymore.” Meryl Streep’s tribute to Emma Thompson at the National Board of Review gala calls out Walt Disney as a “gender bigot” with “racist proclivities” and outs both women as “rabid, man-eating feminists”.