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Where can women of colour be women of power?

Counting the commentaries on International Women’s Day last Friday could fool us into thinking women are breaking the glass ceilings in the corridors of power. This may be true for white women, although their advance is slow and halting.…
Rather than saying “women now hold 16.4 per cent of all board seats…” on TSX trade companies, we should be saying: “…..men continue to hold 83.6 per cent of all board seats,” writes Bob Ramsay. (FRANK GUNN / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

A new way of looking at how men dominate the business world

They say a problem redefined is a problem half-solved. Nowhere is this truer than with the problem of women on boards and in corner offices. The problem, of course, is that while there are scads of women qualified for these positions, far…

Arts boards still don’t represent Toronto’s diversity

Toronto is the most diverse city in the world, yet many of its arts boards are woefully bereft of women and men of colour. Four years ago, I wrote a Star column on the shocking white maleness of the boards of Toronto’s “Big 6” arts…

Quotas required to have more women on corporate boards?

Of the 12 largest European markets, five – France, Germany, Belgium, Italy and Norway — have mandatory quotas on women serving on boards. So, 46 per cent of 733 TSX-listed companies have no women sitting on their boards. Not even one. This…

Gender diversity on corporate boards won’t happen until we limit terms

Last month brought the news that nearly 20 per cent of Canada’s board members are women. That is a lot better than a decade ago, when it was 12 per cent, but no ovations yet, please – we are making progress much more slowly than others.…

Now That We'll Have A Diverse Cabinet, The Arts Need To Catch Up

On Wednesday, Justin Trudeau will announce a new cabinet made up 50 per cent of women. That example could have painful consequences for a community that's been hobbled by the Harper Tories and is expecting great things -- especially more money…