Thursday, March 9, 2017

Moving The Needle On Gender Diversity In 2017 And Beyond - HUFFINGTON POST

by Jennifer Tory
Originally published: March 8, 2017
Publisher: huffingtonpost.ca

International Women's Day provides us with an opportunity to reflect on the achievements and contributions of women and how they continue to shape the future of women in leadership. The near-election of the first female president of the United States was a remarkable achievement, but also served to remind us of the difficult challenges that still lie ahead as we continue to push for change.

In Canada, the recognition of civil rights pioneer Viola Desmond as the first woman to appear on a Canadian bank note in 2018 is another cause for celebration in terms of gender and cultural diversity. These events, and many others from the past year, underscore why we must continue to find tangible ways to promote the advancement of women.

There are two key areas that stand out in my mind that are crucial to moving the needle for women in leadership in the future.