Tag: On The Job

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    Raising money for charity? Better check with your employer first

    June 6th, 2008     by Cate Simpson     Comments

    One of our readers sent us this article about a woman in Owen Sound, Ontario who raised $2,700 for Cops for Cancer by shaving her head, only to be ordered to take unpaid leave from her waitressing job until it grew back. Her employers had this to say: “Our staff is expected to come dressed appropriately and we did not feel that this was appropriate…She could have done a multitude of different things to support her cause … READ MORE

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    Shameless Self Promotion: EconomicWoman.com

    May 21st, 2008     by Allison Martell     Comments

    A couple months ago, I launched a blog about my first love, feminism, and my current intellectual passion, economics. I’m doing my best to make EconomicWoman.com accessible to economists who haven’t encountered much feminism and to feminists who haven’t encountered much economics, without boring those who are already interested in both. My site now has a bit of an audience, so the comment threads are more lively every day. Despite the fact that two very different … READ MORE

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    feeling a little Wobbly?

    May 1st, 2008     by Anna Leventhal     Comments

    Then it must be May Day! Hazel Dickens is a longtime union supporter and feminist folksinger. She comes from a family of miners in West Virginia, and has lent her voice to the cause of workers’ rights - especially women workers - countless times. She appears in Barbara Kopple’s incredible documentary Harlan Country USA, about a miners’ strike that ended in tragedy, and some of her most powerful songs are collected on the amazing … READ MORE

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    Torontoist Talks to Female Firefighters

    April 23rd, 2008     by Stacey May Fowles     Comments

    This week Torontoist is running a three-part feature on female Firefighters, by Cate Simpson: …Torontoist has been talking to Toronto Firefighters Julie Petruzzellis and Stacey Hannah about what it’s like to be a woman in a dangerous and demanding occupation–one where they are outnumbered 20-to-1 by men. The piece is worth a look for John Beebe’s photos alone, but it’s also interesting to hear women in such a male dominated field speak about what drew them to … READ MORE

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    Women in Radio event

    April 13th, 2008     by Nicole Cohen     Comments

    On Monday, May 5, a bilingual panel discussion called “Women and Radio in Canada”/ ” Les femmes et la radio au Canada ” will be held at McGill University in Montreal, featuring a range of women from academia and the world of radio, Shameless favourite Patti Schmidt (CBC Radio 2). The panel with explore the challenges of radio in the 21st century, the differences between working in French or English in this milieu, historical contributions of … READ MORE

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    dance party fridays: deconstructing workplace masculinity.  or something?

    March 27th, 2008     by Thea Lim     Comments

    Ok, so some might claim I’m just fishing for excuses to post this ridiculous video, but I swear, there’s something feminist about this one. On a Cincinnati news show the weather reporter Bob Herzog throws a dance party every Friday morning that there are no traffic accidents. From the Globe and Mail: The concept is simple: When there’s no traffic news on Friday morning - which happens regularly in Cincinnati, population 332,000 - it’s dance-party time in … READ MORE

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    “A lot of you might not know that buttons don’t start out hard.”

    March 22nd, 2008     by Wesley Fok     Comments

    Miranda July teaches you how to make buttons. Try it the next time you’re at a button factory. … READ MORE

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    House of Blues

    March 7th, 2008     by Allison Martell     Comments

    Like seemingly everyone I know, I watch House MD. I love House - both the show and the character - for their wit and intelligence. So when I heard that David Shore, the show’s Canadian creator, was going to be interviewed on CBC’s Q, I stuck around on my couch to listen. Then Shore started talking about Cutthroat Bitch. Okay, so maybe this requires a little background. One of this season’s new characters is a young … READ MORE

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    Where are the women directors?

    February 1st, 2008     by Megan Griffith-Greene     Comments

    A few weeks ago, filmmaker Erin Laing sent me an e-mail about the lack of attention female directors have been getting by mainstream bloggers. What pissed her off, specifically, was Filmshowing’s list Why 2008 Will be an Awesome Year for Movies. Fifty-four films, and not a one made by a woman. (You can read Erin’s own blog about the list here). Other most-anticipated lists are not very different. Slash Film’s list of 55 must-see films does … READ MORE

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    The Sick Day Dilemma

    January 22nd, 2008     by Elle E.     Comments

    It’s 7am. You wake up with chills, body aches and a crazy sinus headache. You’ve been sweating and snotting all over your pillow. Burning sandpaper scrapes down your throat. Meetings are set. Deadlines loom. Delirious with fever, you see an angel and a devil sitting on your shoulders. One tells you to call in sick and sleep it off. The other tells you to suck it up and go to work. Which piece of advice did your … READ MORE

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    Feminist Housewives

    December 22nd, 2007     by Stacey May Fowles     Comments

    Are you a Feminist struggling to make sense of domestic life? I recently stumbled across a great online community called Feminist Housewives, a site dedicated to feminists who have chosen “to forgo a high-powered career or intense education (at least for a while) to raise our children instead of placing them in daycare.” On the site you can “create a profile, check out the forums, and make some new friends.” I personally love the idea because … READ MORE

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    Happy Birthday, Wonder Woman

    December 12th, 2007     by Stacey May Fowles     Comments

    From Quill and Quire: “Reuters has picked up on Wonder Woman’s 66th birthday - not much of a milestone, admittedly, but 2007 is, incredibly, the first year that the comic is being penned by a woman, one Gail Simone.” From an interview with Simone: “I don’t feel that being a female writer makes it so that I will be any better than any male writers. But it kind of catches people’s attention because we do have stereotypes about … READ MORE

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    Overworked and underappreciated

    December 2nd, 2007     by Allison Martell     Comments

    Slate has a fascinating article up about women in politics. It looks at a study on the impact of female leadership on village councils in India. Guess what? Villages with more women in power have more and higher quality public services. There’s more: They were also less corrupt – villagers with female-headed councils were 25 percent less likely to report having to pay bribes to access basic services like getting ration cards or receiving medical attention. But … READ MORE

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    Never let a man think you’re smarter

    November 22nd, 2007     by Tuval Dinner     Comments

    Damn scientists and their blasted research! It seems men are more stupid than once believed. Well, maybe not stupid so much as insecure. Yes, that’s the sweeping generalization I think can be made after reading this New York Times report. A two-year Columbia University study of speed daters found that “men avoided women whom they perceived to be smarter than themselves. The same held true for measures of career ambition – a woman could be ambitious, just … READ MORE

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    Your Morning Coffee, With a Dash of Feminist Economics

    November 18th, 2007     by Allison Martell     Comments

    Slate reports on research by American economist Caitlin Kowles showing that women wait abot 20 seconds longer than men to be served at coffee shops. Check out the original paper here. Knowles has eliminated a few possible causes other than sexism - no surprise, it’s not because women order fancy drinks or flirt with the barristas. Tyler Cowen, over on economics blog The Marginal Revolution suggests that women are more indecisive, but doesn’t really dispute … READ MORE

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    Banks for women

    November 2nd, 2007     by Zoe Cormier     Comments

    Check out this piece from The Guardian about a new trend in finance: “female-oriented” banking, which “is not about frivolity and bows but profit and the bottom line.” Emotion Banking’s chief executive, Christian Rauscher, says that until now banks have failed to tap into the lucrative female market. “Fifty-one per cent of [banking] clients worldwide are female … more women are standing on their own feet and deciding their own finances … [banks] tend to address … READ MORE

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    Sex Worker Co-Op

    October 15th, 2007     by Nicole Cohen     Comments

    Here is something awesome: sex workers in Vancouver are planning to open a cooperatively-owned brothel. Being planned by British Columbia Coalition of Experiential Women, the idea is to create a safe place to work and enable sex workers to have control over their work. Thousands of women have been killed in Vancouver, many of them sex workers, and a worker-owned co-op, where women could work inside, is a step toward preventing this kind of violence. According to … READ MORE

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    Free tickets to Explore Design!

    October 9th, 2007     by Megan Griffith-Greene     Comments

    The fine folks at Explore Design 2007 – North America’s first design education fair for youth – have donated a few tickets for our readers. In addition to info from design programs across the country, there are seminars and workshops on all aspects of design, from urban skate parks and video games to social housing, sustainable design and international development. The fair runs tomorrow (October 10) and Thursday (October 11) at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. So, how … READ MORE

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    porn magazines available again to american soldiers serving aboard: yay or nay?

    September 26th, 2007     by Thea Lim     Comments

    We’ve talked about porn before (here and here), what do we think of this?: From the Feminist Daily News: Sexually Explicit Magazines Return to Army Exchanges After 10 Year Ban “Penthouse, along with Playgirl and Ultra for Men, returned to Army and Air Force military exchanges this summer after being banned 10 years ago by a Pentagon review board for being sexually explicit. By July, Penthouse was available in more than 500 exchange outlets worldwide, including in … READ MORE

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    should female musicians have female back-up bands?

    September 20th, 2007     by Thea Lim     Comments

    Because I am hopeless at keeping up with music (this is why I am very grateful to Anna and Picks From Planet Venus) several months after everyone else, I’ve just started listening to Leslie Feist’s new album, The Reminder. I’m particularly taken with the single “I Feel it All”, and since I like multi medias, I decided to see if I could watch the video on youtube. I found a clip of her playing the … READ MORE

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