Unearthing the roots of gender inequality in the workplace

Tanya van Biesen of Catalyst talks about how gender diverse teams drive better business results and how we can bring about workplace equality

Unearthing the roots of gender inequality in the workplaceTanya van Biesen is executive director, Canada, of Catalyst. What is Catalyst Canada and what does it do? Tanya: Catalyst is the leading non-profit focused on building workplaces that work for women through inclusion. Since 2000, Catalyst has worked in Canada to address the unique experiences of Canadian working women, through research, education and engagement.…

Diversity in the media safeguards democracy

Diversity in the media safeguards democracyMedia’s role in society is integral for a healthy democracy. However, a lack of diversity within journalism is a significant detriment. Since Sept. 6, social media has been abuzz after an op-ed arguing against ethnic diversity was published by the Vancouver Sun and The Province – two of British Columbia’s largest newspapers. The op-ed sends…

Call for equal pay for women for equal play falls flat

Let's face it: women's sports are second-tier entertainment, which even most women don't support

Call for equal pay for women for equal play falls flatThe men’s final at Wimbledon on Sunday took five immortal sets of tennis over four hours 57 minutes before Novak Djokovic finally outlasted Roger Federer in a stirring contest that ended in a fifth-set tiebreaker at 13-12. Saturday’s women’s final lasted just 56 minutes in two quick sets for Simona Halep to upset Serena Williams.…

The transgender movement needs boundaries

People with gender dysphoria must be treated with respect and acceptance. But privacy and safety should not be sacrificed

The transgender movement needs boundariesThe transgender movement has made great strides in recent years in advancing the cause of a marginalized minority. However, the movement’s claim to the absolute right of people to choose their gender, and have that choice legally enforced, is resulting in unfairness. Gender dysphoria is a condition involving an anatomical male who believes he is…

U.S. women’s soccer team fighting battles on and off the field

After years of being the best team in the world, they continue to fight for equal status and respect at home

U.S. women’s soccer team fighting battles on and off the fieldSexism sucks.    And nobody knows that better than the U.S. women’s national soccer team. The current team members, and their predecessors, have been fighting gender discrimination on the part of the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) and the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) for decades. The U.S. national team has been the best women’s…

In praise of all that masculinity has accomplished

We don't need to disparage masculinity in order to celebrate the qualities and contributions of women, or to encourage social equality of the genders

In praise of all that masculinity has accomplishedOne of brightest students in my university department was seriously intellectual and widely read, always taking an active and constructive part in seminars. The student was approached by two others who complained that the student took up too much space and time, and should step back. No professor ever advised such a thing to this…

Featuring more female sources should increase audience engagement

From entertainment to business to news media, the evidence is clear: audiences want gender diversity

Featuring more female sources should increase audience engagementWhat would happen if news media struggling to survive applied the productivity mantra “What gets measured gets done” to the sources they quote? Business research, Hollywood sales data and anecdotal evidence from the news industry all suggest it’s worth a try. In many western democracies – the U.S., the U.K. and Canada included – most…

New generation of women find their voices in politics

They have a history of grassroots social activism and community involvement, and it serves us all well

New generation of women find their voices in politicsAngela Merkel has announced that this will be her last term as German chancellor. This has created some concern, as many credit her with navigating her country, the European Union and even the global community through many stormy waters in recent years. When we look around the world, however, we see that there is no…

Progressive agenda just a form of thought control

Ontario lawyers are being asked to agree to principles that may run counter to their beliefs

Progressive agenda just a form of thought controlThe Law Society of Ontario wants to compel all lawyers who wish to practise in the province to agree to the society’s version of a progressive agenda. It would be a dangerous precedent. The society may also make it mandatory for lawyers to attend sessions on such subjects as “unconscious bias” and apparently any other…

Getting the most out of life by being your best

But despite what some marketing may suggest, that doesn't mean winning at all costs

Getting the most out of life by being your bestFor 30 years, Gillette used “The best a man can get” as its tagline. It sounded good and it appealed to the cultural standard of competition – the idea that to be a real man, you needed to be the best, even if it meant to win at all costs. Gillette advertisements showed how men…

Gender pay gap has little to do with discrimination

Discrepancies are more often the result of different choices men and women make, on and off the job

Gender pay gap has little to do with discriminationFor decades, politicians, pundits and activists have clamoured about a gender pay gap and have cited statistics purporting to show that the economy is unfair to women. Women, after all, get paid only around 70 to 80 cents for every dollar earned by men. However, for just as long, studies have shown that this discrepancy…

Using big data analytics for social good and broader perspectives

Gender Gap Tracker makes big data public to motivate media to achieve gender parity among experts

Using big data analytics for social good and broader perspectivesAn Iranian big data engineer, a Spanish computational linguist and a Canadian social activist walk into a research lab. They don’t miss the drinks they could order if they’d gone to the bar, because they’re on a mission to change the world. We hear a lot about how artificial intelligence is taking away jobs and…

Quoting more female sources can help engage audiences

New online tool gives fitness tracker-style incentive for media to achieve gender parity in their sources

Quoting more female sources can help engage audiencesCould the incentivizing power of a fitness tracker be adapted to help achieve gender equality in the media, enhancing Canadian democracy in the process? After a year of collaboration with a team of big data scientists, we’re about to find out.  Despite the increasing attention paid to the importance of women’s voices, in news media…

A close shave: marketing and politics indistinguishable

Gillette has stepped boldly into the socio-political minefields of #MeToo, bullying, spousal abuse and male self-absorption

A close shave: marketing and politics indistinguishableIt’s tempting to take the recent’s ‘controversy’ over the Gillette shaving company’s new advertising campaign at something less than face value. For starters, controversy itself is no longer the conversational cutting edge it once was. In this era of fake-versus-false news, universal short attention spans and ludicrous overstatement as the entry price for even being…

Legislation to ensure pay equity for work of equal value falls flat

Only a free market will balance out pay inequities. If a company fails to compensate fairly, employees will simply move on

Legislation to ensure pay equity for work of equal value falls flatFrom conception to implementation, pay equity is a sham. It’s obscured in double speak, packaged in seemingly laudable goals and promises great results. However, it can’t deliver them because it’s based on false premises. Any good that comes of it is far outweighed by the harm. That’s why Canadians should be wary of any legislation…