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May 15, 2012This week following Mother’s Day, we’re thinking about women in traditional and non-traditional roles. Mothers with jobs still also work more at home, despite the fact that many men are doing their fair share in the kitchen and nursery. But maybe change is coming. We take a look back with women MBA pioneers and a look ahead for women architects and engineers. And, because it’s nearly summer, we head out to play!

More of the same

It may be a great place to live, but Canada is ranked 19th out of 43 nations as a good place to be a mother. Working mothers are still pulling double duty, trying to balance the demands of a full-time job and managing a home. Despite the fact that many men are stepping up to dirty dishes and dirty diapers, women still carry the majority of responsibility for child-rearing. And, they’re earning less in the workplace.

READ: “Canada's Working Moms Still Earning Less, Doing More Than Dads” by Kazi Stastna, CBC News, May 10, 2012.

READ: “The Promise of Economic Security for Our Mothers” by U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (New York), Huffington Post, May 12, 2012.

READ: “Do Women Really Outearn Men?” by Emily V. Troiano, Catalyzing, May 10, 2012.

But change can happen

It’s hard to remember that there was a time when women’s washrooms were an issue in business schools (and some Legislatures!). It’s important to remember the brave women who led the way in bringing change.

READ: “Women MBA Pioneers Share Tales of Toil and Triumph” by Charlotte Clarke, The Globe and Mail, May 8, 2012.

Women taking credit

The work of talented women, like many of the architects who worked with Frank Lloyd Wright, has often been overlooked and uncredited. It’s time to take back women’s place in history, and offer today’s girls and young women historical role models who have been hidden. Oh yes, it’s good for the economy, too.

READ: “Why We Need 'Well-Built' Women” by Lori Sokol, Huffington Post, May 3, 2012.

And taking shots

It isn’t about the golf. It’s about the networking. Virginia Rometty’s career won’t suffer if she isn’t a member of Augusta National, as her predecessor CEOs at IBM have been. But the exclusion of women who haven’t reached the corner office from the informal networks in their workplace represents diminished opportunity for them and for their companies.

This U.S. example has received apparently endless media attention, but what examples of old boys’ networks (and the privileges that go with them) can we find in Canada?

READ: “Nice Girls Who Play Golf Do Get The Corner Office” by Leslie Andrews, Forbes, May 4, 2012.

READ: “Reflecting On Augusta” by Ilene H. Lang, Catalyzing, April 9, 2012.


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