I want to know: is there one sector where we don’t find rampant sexism? When is this going to stop? Who’s going to show leadership in the boardroom, the classroom and everywhere in between?
I really don’t have to write anything. Just scan the headlines:
- Law: Hearing to begin for Alberta judge who asked sex assault complainant why she couldn’t keep knees together, September 6
- Military: 30 Canadian Forces members punished for sexual misconduct, 97 cases ongoing, August 30
- Advertising: More than half of women in advertising have faced sexual harassment, report says, August 12
- Sport: Why men shouldn’t get the credit when women win in Rio, August 9 and pre-Rio, of course Boxer shorts in the office? Marcel Aubut ‘thought it was normal’
- Food service: Restaurant industry needs to put gender equality on the table, June 15
- Media: VPD investigating FHRITP incident targeting CTV reporter, July 22
Those are mostly stories of women doing their jobs. Sometimes we’re just walking around, travelling, attending class. There are stories about a woman assaulted while sleeping on a plane and the many, many stories about sexual assaults in cities. Too many to list so but here’s just one: Edmonton wants a safer city for women; police still searching for assault suspect. You can find your own version in a city near you – Burnaby, Toronto, Ottawa. Not to leave out the hundreds of Canada’s missing and murdered aboriginal women.
When will 50% of the population be treated with the dignity it deserves? First – and most importantly – because we are humans. We are your mothers and sisters. We are half the work force and, often, more than half of consumers.