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Personal Women's Issues

Artistic

I spent the day with a room full of women. There was a sing-a-long. There was a lot of experience shared. There was so much to think about I’ve been struggling with it since I got on the train back from Toronto. Luckily I was given a copy of Katty Kay’s book The Confidence Code (affiliate …

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Seeking Media Mavens?

Steve Paikin, well-respected host of TVO’s The Agenda, wrote a blog post about his show’s struggles to find female panelists. He says his producers aim for gender parity but struggle to get women that they contact to say yes. Paikin lists several “excuses” these women give them for not wanting to come on to speak …

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Ignorance is not bliss

This morning I was reading this article about a study done by UK researchers. The study showed a worldwide trend of women being less engaged and knowledgeable about news and politics than men. Sadly, I was not entirely surprised to hear this. News and politics being two of my passions, I know I’m a minority. …

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Change

Last night Quebec elected its first female Premier. Pauline Marois now has the opportunity to create the changes she envisions for the province – including the possibility of a referendum. But more than that changed in the early hours of the morning. Marois was rushed off stage in mid-speech, one man was declared dead at …

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A woman’s worth

Lauren Dobson-Hughes is the first person I met in my work with the NDP. She worked in Dawn Black’s office when I started volunteering there, and she moved to Caucus Services not long after I started working there. Lauren is fascinating. She’s British, and follows both UK and Canadian politics passionately. She is someone who …

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The Minister’s Wife

When I learned that Defence Minister Peter MacKay had married this woman – Nazanin Afshin-Jam – and started hearing a little bit about her, I immediately wanted to know more about her. The newspapers trumpeted her beauty, her acting and singing career, her life as a beauty queen. If you read a bit further, you …

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Solidarity

Moving from my role as a woman on maternity leave, to a working mother was difficult, moving from being a working mother to a work at home mom has been difficult and interesting. What strikes me is that I still have the same opinions about social issues as I had before I was a mother. …

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