It’s time to stop treating pregnancy like a disease

The Globe and Mail

The No. 1 reason for hospitalization in Canada is childbirth. The most commonly performed surgery in this country is the cesarean section.

Those facts should give us all a case of morning sickness. And they should prompt a lot of hard questions.

Is pregnancy a disease? Is a hospital really the best place to give birth? Are women ending up there by choice or by default? Is surgery actually required to deliver one in every five babies?

There were 389,822 live births in Canada in 2012-13, according to Statistics Canada; there were 369,454 births in hospitals, according to the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI).

The balance were home births or babies born in birthing centres not located in a hospital. (Also, Statscan counts actual babies; for CIHI, multiple births – twins and up – count as a single birth.)

It’s time to stop treating pregnancy like a disease – The Globe and Mail.


Too little pay, too much housework: How Canadian women rank

Based on The Globe and Mail report.

Canada scores high in an OECD study of well-being, released today, but lags in one notable area: Work-life balance.

The country scores above the average of 36 countries measured in the areas of housing, “subjective” well-being, personal security, health status, income and wealth, social connections, environmental quality, jobs and earnings, education and skills, and civic engagement.

In work-life balance, Canada ranks below the average.

Canadian women do 35 hours a week of housework, higher than the 32 for all OECD nations. Men do 20 hours, or less than the 21 across the OECD. That hasn’t changed since last year’s study.

At the same time, the wage gap between men and women not only persists, but it’s higher in Canada than the OECD average, at 19 per cent here compared to 16 per cent for the group of countries studied.

Where rates of employment are concerned, Canada’s 79 per cent for women match the OECD number, while the 85 per cent for men is slightly below the OECD’s 88 per cent.

Too little pay, too much housework: How Canadian women rank – The Globe and Mail.

More Women and Foreign-Educated Executives Enter Top Ranks, Study Finds

Though senior executive ranks remain dominated by men, women now occupy nearly 18 percent of the top slots at Fortune 100 companies, according to the article, “Who’s Got Those Top Jobs,” which examined the career trajectories, education levels and diversity among the 1,000 top-tier executives in 2011. That is a notable change from 1980, when none of the Fortune 100 companies had women in the corner office and is also up from 2001, when 11 percent of the top-ranking jobs were held by women.

The article was based on research by Peter Cappelli, a professor of management at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, and Monika Hamori, a professor of human resource management at IE Business School in Madrid, and was done with the help of Rocio Bonet, assistant professor of human resource management, at Madrid’s IE Business School.

Men educated outside the United States hold about 11 percent of the top positions, a notable increase from the 2 percent in 1980. Over the last 30 years, more multinationals have opened a pipeline of managers from their overseas operations to take high-level roles.

More Women and Foreign-Educated Executives Enter Top Ranks, Study Finds –

Stop woman-on-woman workplace violence

Mallick | Toronto Star

This valuable — and rather obvious — insight came to me, a feminist, as I was reading a magazine at my hair salon, pleased to find a good piece of prose rather than a punchy list of ambitious unguents women can put on their neck skin and scalp and salad.

“I’m going to get crucified for this,” Ken Whyte was telling then-Chatelaine editor Jane Francisco in aDecember feature/interview as he departed Rogers publishing for a Rogers online venture, the wonderful Francisco herself about to depart for Good Housekeeping and an ever more brilliant career. I guess the guy felt he had nothing to lose.

Stop woman-on-woman workplace violence: Mallick | Toronto Star.

Are women creating their OWN glass ceiling? Survey finds lack of confidence holds 48 per cent back in workplace

| Mail Online

Theories abound as to why there are few female CEOs and why women consistently earn less than their male counterparts.

Sexism in the workplace is one of the most common reasons given, along with the pressures of juggling work and childcare.

However, a new survey suggests that it may be women themselves who are, at least in part, responsible for the glass ceiling.

Research shows a significant 92 per cent of British women harbor hang ups that are holding them back in their lives – and the workplace is where British women feel they would most benefit from an injection of confidence.

Almost half of those surveyed (48 per cent) believe they would have progressed further in their careers if they had more confidence.

This lack of self-confidence seems to both hold women back in their current jobs and prevent them from applying for more senior roles. 


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Are women creating their OWN glass ceiling? Survey finds lack of confidence holds 48 per cent back in workplace | Mail Online.

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the everyday sexism project.

The Everyday Sexism Project catalogues instances of sexism experienced by women on a day to day basis. They might be serious or minor, outrageously offensive or so niggling and normalised that you don’t even feel able to protest. Say as much or as little as you like, use your real name or a pseudonym – it’s up to you. By sharing your story you’re showing the world that sexism does exist, it is faced by women everyday and it is a valid problem to discuss.. For more, visit the above link!

Kids of working mothers just as successful as those at home with mom…


An analysis of six studies looking at 40,000 children over the last 40 years found there was no link between mothers continuing their careers and children achieving less at school or misbehaving.

But the latest research by Heather Joshi of the University of London’s Centre for Longitudinal Studies found children born since the mid-1990s whose mothers worked during their early years fared just as well as those whose mothers did not.Studies had shown that children born to career mothers in the 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s did not perform as well, with their literacy and numeracy skills about two percent lower.

Kids of working mothers just as successful as those at home with mom, study finds – The Globe and Mail.


Message to corporate dinosaurs: Promote women:Star Editorial

Canada’s corporate suits are forever gnashing their polished teeth about improving productivity. But when it comes to promoting women into the corner offices — a surefire way to improve the bottom line — they’d rather be thinking about golf.
That’s the takeaway from the Conference Board of Canada’s latest survey and report on the gender gap that bedevils our corporate culture. Dinosaurs still roam the tall towers, it appears.

Message to corporate dinosaurs: Promote women: Editorial | Toronto Star.