In 2019, the former IMF chief, Christine Lagarde, stated that closing the gender gap in employment could hike global GDP by 35 per cent.
Research shows French firms with smaller to no gender wage gap and high female board representation also make better business.
While COVID-19 affected everyone, it did not impact everyone equally. Some, like women, were hit harder than others.
We will waste the potential of the pandemic if we don’t address the inequalities — specifically the gender inequalities — that it exacerbated and revealed.
A portrait of Wollstonecraft painted by John Opie in 1790-91.
Wollstonecraft was ridiculed in her time for the idea that women should be treated as fully fledged beings.
This year, the Canadian government’s theme for International Women’s Day is ‘Every Woman Counts.’ But how does this message translate into action?
Days of international observance recognize challenges facing marginalized groups or society as a whole, draw attention to them and create unity and mobilization around those problems.
Women protested to ‘end the sausage party’ at the AACTA awards in 2016.
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There is an adage that feminists and women aren’t funny. However, the history of activism reveals humour as a successful strategy for change.
Feminist movements are giving women a louder voice than ever, but those at the top of their game are routinely expected to deal with abuse and threats of violence.
Investment rating companies are measuring the environmental, social and governance impact of businesses. This International Women’s Day, we should be pushing them to do the same for gender equity.
Yoga, manifesting, and #livingyourbestlife may sound empowering. But wellness blames women, sets them up for failure, and hides the real challenges women face.
One policy expert says we need a royal commission into ‘what the hell is going on’ with the gender pay gap.
Brittany Higgins and Grace Tame at the National Press Club last month.
Australia’s political economy was built on the primacy of (white) male labor, male power and male control, writes Julianne Schultz. Women have changed this culture - but still risk abuse when speaking out.
Kenyan women at a past demonstration wear white headscarves to call for peaceful elections.
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The country’s political landscape is muddied by sexist language that glorifies the belittling of women in leadership.
On International Women’s Day, universities should resolve to lead the way in reshaping workplace rituals, rules and routines to advance gender equality and ensure safe workplaces.
International Women’s Day is a time to take stock of what has been achieved and what remains to be done. 2020 was a massive missed opportunity to improve gender equity among university leaders.
Global movements for social change are being led by girls, who are the most affected by environmental, labour and social justice issues.
Telling girls to smile pressures distracts them from the very real, dangerous and sometimes deadly challenges that girls around the world face.
People protesting the gang rape and killing of a woman in Hathras, Uttar Pradesh, hold onto each other as policemen try to detain them in New Delhi, India, in September 2020. The gang rape of the woman from the lowest rung of India’s caste system sparked outrage across the country.
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Because of its extreme violence, the Hathras rape sent shock waves throughout India: it is a disturbing reminder of the normalization of rape culture there and should be seen as a call to action.
Senate gender parity suggests women are beginning to break through the glass ceiling in Canadian politics. Canada’s Senate chamber is seen in this photo.
In December 2020, the Senate became gender-equal, offering up the promise that women’s interests will be represented in the upper chamber.
A cross-Canada survey of university faculty found 68 per cent of females, compared with 32 per cent of males, reported family caregiver challenges in the pandemic.
The pandemic has negatively affected female and racialized faculty. Universities need to make sure their career advancement doesn’t suffer.
The Fearless Girl statue stands across from the Charging Bull statue in New York’s financial district.
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It’s clear that when girls and young women are at the forefront of major social justice movements, the old structures of patriarchy and misogyny can be challenged and hopefully dismantled.
Anti-coup protesters flash the three-fingered salute during a rally in downtown Yangon, Myanmar on Feb. 19, 2021.
Despite having a woman leader, women are largely excluded from key positions of influence and leadership in Myanmar — a situation that helped the country’s military succeed in its recent coup.
A trans Pride flag crosswalk in Calgary was defaced in August 2019 with a violent message, which was later covered with fresh paint and positive messages were left written with chalk. Anti-trans activism from feminists remains a challenge for transgender people.
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TERF is not a slur. Instead, we should use words that accurately describe how some feminists are actually anti-trans activists.