In today’s world, a woman can do whatever she sets her mind to…or can she? Truth is, while Canada has gained gender parity in terms of education attainment, this country loses points on the global gender gap rankings when it comes to political empowerment, and economic participation and opportunity. On a global scale, the World Economic Forum ranks Canada as number 14 out of 137 countries.
Lanark County residents and those in the surrounding areas should be proud, however, of the number of politically and business minded women there are in our region. While Perth and Smiths Falls have five women councillors combined, Mississippi Mills boasts a town council of seven people, four of whom are women, and Carleton Places has two. As for businesses, it’s hard to count the number of female business owners and decision makers due to the sheer diversity and volume of them. If you look at the Business Improvement Associations of these same communities, you see a significant number of women holding seats on the boards. March 8 is International Women’s Day (IWD), a day to bring awareness to these gains and gaps that exist between the sexes. Embrace the IWD theme and #BalanceforBetter this March. A balanced world is a better world. Let’s celebrate women’s achievements, raise awareness against bias, and take action for equality.