@Yesha Shah Interesting story!
A thought that boggles my mind with regards to the cyclical nature of women. Take for example the dowry system in India, where the groom's parents mistreat the bride in exchange for material goods. If the groom's mother herself went through this system earlier in her marriage then why does she continue to participate in the evils of the dowry system and impose them upon her daughter-in-law?
Congolese women marching in Goma to celebrate IWD.
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Good morning from Toronto -- a bit late -- it is almost 10 am here and despite being #20 in the World Economic Forum Gender Equity Ranking ... we are feeling IWD joy over here.
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@tracey mollins Good morning and welcome
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Today, I’m writing from France which The Female Factor states, “crystallizes the paradox facing women across the developed world in the 21st century: “They have more say over their sexuality and birth control, they have overtaken men in education and are catching up in the labour market, but few make it to the top layer of corporate, economic and political leadership.”
Unfortunately, as much as I wish to be optimistic, the studies indicate that at the current rate of progress, women are not going to achieve parity in the board room or legislatures anytime soon, indeed the research indicates it will take decades... what are we to make of this?
Greetings from Toronto. As Ursula Franklin said on CBC's The Current this morning, we need a "different social ordering". I love old feminists -- they (we?) know what it takes!
@Nancy Stephan, it is inspiring to read about HWW’s efforts to «leverage women’s untapped leadership capabalities… ». How can we speed up the progress in promoting women’s leadership in politics and business?
@male viewers, what are your thoughts on the conspicuous absence of women in corporate leadership positions?
@a.jordao I'm in Toronto too. Can someone explain to me why young women don't want to be called feminists? I too love old order feminists. Guess I am one, came of age in early 70's. Many of us, despite no "corporate leadership positions" work to empower women.
@lucymarcus Published in The Huffington Post (1 Feb 2011) Lucy P Marcus discusses 5 factors that matter in developing women leaders. She cites Basic skills, International exposure, Mentoring, Role models and Starting early. Where does the responsibility lie for developing future leaders? Is it with parents? with teachers? with us as women in business?
yes, too many girls around the world are still denied schooling despite the fact the social and economic benefits of investing in girls' education cannot be overstated and have been demonstrated time and time again... for eg. take a look at Goldman Sachs 10,000 women leadership academy report
@ajordao and @katherinegovier - i watched that doc on cbc about younger women and feminism and it seemed that some did and some did not want to be called a feminist. I remember not wanting to wear the label as a younger woman. I hope it was something about wanting to carve my own way rather than an over-identification with the patriarchy :) but I fear it was the latter.