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June 6th, 2014 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Personal | Women's Issues - (Comments Off on 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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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

July 4th, 2013 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Women's Issues - (Comments Off on 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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Powerful Women in Non-Traditional Roles

October 12th, 2012 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Women's Issues - (Comments Off on Powerful Women in Non-Traditional Roles)

Today I watched Miss Representation for the first time. Then I made my mother watch it. I have been hearing people talking about the film for months now and I finally got around to renting it and watching it. Now that I’ve seen it, I want to show it to everyone I know. The film …
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Change

September 5th, 2012 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Women's Issues | Work - (Comments Off on 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

August 1st, 2012 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Women's Issues | Work - (Comments Off on 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

July 26th, 2012 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Women's Issues | Work - (Comments Off on 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

July 8th, 2012 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Women's Issues - (Comments Off on 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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We took the kid to an Ottawa Senators game Tuesday (home opener win over the Wild in a shootout, on the off chance you read this blog for your sports fix. Neil had a huge game, by the way). At one point during the game, Amy noted that the Sens had introduced cheerleaders of sorts …
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The kindness of strangers

September 10th, 2009 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Parenting | Personal | Women's Issues - (Comments Off on The kindness of strangers)

I have been fascinated to learn how differently one is treated when one is clearly pregnant. I have coworkers who are always asking me how I’m doing, how’s my health, is everything okay, how am I feeling. Which is nice, though a bit odd at times. Today I was even told that I look gorgeous …
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