Thank you Jane and as a male of our species I often despair that we really don’t learn much, no matter our society. It appears to me we as an “advanced” society still thrive on negativity and disrespecting others to advance our cause. We stand by meekly, shake our heads and moan that politics is a dirty game and then forget as we go about our daily lives until the next scandal comes along when we start tut-tutting again.
We shake our heads in bewilderment at women covering their heads with scarves but never question a man wearing a crucifix around his neck; we snicker at powerful women in dresses but then wonder why if they were a pant suit; we never question men all wearing a similar suit but would certainly have lots to say if the same happened with a group of women!
We prattle on about our libertarian Canadian way of life but tell snide jokes about Newfis, Quebecers, Albertans and of course the vaunted British Columbians and the West Coast lifestyle! We stand on the world stage and condemn others for their shameful lack of morals or human rights abuses and ignore ours happening here at home every day.
Sorry for prattling on but my view of humanity is a little skewed right now as I sit here in my comfy chair in a warm home while it is -10C outside and yet vast numbers of people don’t even have a chair to sit in or the luxury of an electric light.
Obviously, I knew when I wrote my blog post ‘Thoughts on women in leadership – Part I’ that there was more to the story. That’s why I included “Part I” in the title! But I have to admit that I couldn’t have foretold the event that occurred in Canada last week that propelled me to dive into Part II. I’m afraid I’ve discovered more red flags than sage advice this past week in navigating the rough terrain of standing your ground as a woman – at least in the worlds of politics and technology. Hopefully, when I’m ready to tackle Part III I’ll find more encouraging supporting materials. Here’s hoping. We need nurturing, empowering environments in which our most capable women – and men – can thrive and find success in leadership roles. The examples I have been reading about this past week do not fit that definition.
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