Companies That Are Leading The Way For Gender Equality

by Aimee King

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Despite the great strides that have been made towards global gender equality in recent years, the gap between men and women is still shockingly wide. As The Guardian reported last fall, it will take 81 years for the worldwide gender gap to close if progress continues at the current rate. As of last year, women had just 60 percent of the standing of men worldwide—taking into consideration factors such as female economic participation, education, health, and political involvement. 

While some countries, such as Iceland and Finland, have managed to significantly close their gender gaps, others are lagging behind. For instance, the UK has dropped six places on the WEF Global Gender Gap Index since the 2013 report, coming in 26th on the list of most gender equal societies. Meanwhile, in the US, women only earn about 78 cents to a man’s dollar—a number that is even lower for those females who are black or Latina, 
as reported by CNN

In order to effect change for women across the globe, many corporations and individuals are addressing gender inequality in various ways, whether it be within their own business or beyond the walls of the workplace. Here are several companies who are working to combat gender stereotypes by promoting equality through their products, wages, and initiatives. 


Marc Benioff, CEO of the US cloud-based software company, made news recently when he announced he would be examining the salaries of all 16,000 Salesforce employees to make sure both men and women are being compensated fairly. He’s already given some women raises after finding differences in their pay but expects to hand out more, 
according to Financial Post. Benioff said that by the time the process is complete, there would no longer be a pay gap. He added, “My job is to make sure that women are treated 100 percent equally at Salesforce in pay, opportunity and advancement.”

Tootsa MacGinty

Founded in 2011 by fashion veteran Kate Pietrasik (who had previously designed for brands such as Hilfiger and Roxy), this company was born out of a direct response to gender stereotypes. Upon moving to England, Pietrasik was disappointed to find that any sort of fashionable children's clothing featured in stores was usually segregated by gender. Taking things into her own hands, she launched 
Tootsa, a brand that focuses on creating pieces that are “bright and cheerful and as colorful as a paintbox” rather than those that are geared toward only boys or girls. In the short time since its inception, the clothing company has expanded to include an adult collection as well. They now offer knitwear that can be worn at any age and by any gender. 

Calvert Investments

In 2004, the US investment company launched the 
Calvert Women’s Principles (CWP), the first global code of corporate conduct focused exclusively on empowering, advancing, and investing in women. Designed to provide companies with specific, measurable goals for achieving gender equality in areas such as pay, hiring, and career development, CWP offers corporations a set of standards against which they can assess and improve their performance toward women’s empowerment. 

L'Oreal Canada

This past June, 
L’Oreal Canada received EDGE (Economic Dividends for Gender Equality) “MOVE” Certification, becoming the first company in Canada, as well as the first subsidiary of the L’Oreal Group, to do so. The goal of the EDGE assessment and certification process is to create a balanced workplace for both men and women, enabling companies to accurately reflect on how they are performing at both a country and global level. During the certification process, L’Oreal’s gender policies and practices were thoroughly reviewed and more than 700 employees were surveyed on gender equality in regards to company culture, compensation, promotion, leadership roles, and flexible work environment. Marjolaine Rompre, Director of Learning and Diversity at L’Oreal Canada noted the company’s delight at receiving EDGE Certification, adding that “diversity and equality has always been at the heart of L’OrĂ©al Canada’s values. We are extremely proud of having attained the “MOVE” level of certification and are committed to implementing innovative solutions to further develop gender equality.” 

Think, Act, Report Campaign

Since its launch in September of 2011, the 
Think, Act, Report (TAR) campaign has garnered the support of over 140 major companies, including IBM, Tesco, BP, GlaxoSmithKline, and many more. Introduced by the UK government in order to help close the gender gap, the initiative encourages companies to think about gender equality, take action to promote opportunities in their workplaces, and report on what they are doing. Nearly half of the participating companies have completed an equal pay audit in the last year, and 66 percent are doing more to encourage female talent within their company. Such actions include introducing mentoring and sponsorship schemes, putting in place targeted development programs, and encouraging women to take high-profile jobs.

Aimee King - Freelance
Aimee King is a freelance writer with an interest in gaming, women's health and gender equality. When she's not writing you can find her hiking with her dogs or reading. She resides in the Pacific Northwest.  Twitter @AmieeDKing


Stop Anxiety Now Before It Takes Over

by Christina Rowsell
via www.libertyforrest.com

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Your beliefs are like the operating system running quietly in the background of your life, responsible for every thought you think and every choice you make. They create an average of 50,000-70,000 thoughts a day, and the anxious ones deliver toxic, potentially lethal messages to every cell in your body.

With the worrying rise in anxiety disorders causing an increase in physical health problems and taking a toll on personal and family life, a weekend workshop is being offered for women who are in desperate need of learning tools that can reduce or eliminate anxiety, helping them to be happier, healthier, and to encourage anxiety-reducing techniques and behaviours in their families.

Visit www.libertyforrest.com for more information. 

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Having ongoing anxious thoughts can be deadly. Of great concern is the fact that anxiety disorders are the most prevalent mental illness of the 21st century. Our fast-paced, super-digital, antisocial lifestyle is causing increasing stress and anxiety in our culture, which can lead to a lengthy list of potentially life-threatening health problems such as weight gain, cardiovascular problems, increased blood pressure, suppressed immune system, heart disease, sleep disturbances, reproductive and growth problems, impaired cell regeneration - and so much more.

Award-winning author and life strategist Liberty Forrest knows all too well how anxiety can destroy life and health. Growing up in an extremely abusive, frightening environment, by the age of 9 she was experiencing terrifying panic attacks. Leaving home at 16, by her late teens she was a divorced single parent struggling with several anxiety disorders, such as OCD, agoraphobia, anorexia and an addiction.

Forrest says, “One of the steps to getting rid of these disorders was understanding that my thoughts were sending chemical messengers throughout my body in every moment. The anxious thoughts were causing some pretty serious physical health problems. Learning which thoughts were the culprits - and what I could do to change them - made a big difference.”

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Ultimately, Forrest discovered how to overcome the anxiety disorders, but not before they had taken a significant toll on her health. This included a debilitating heart problem when she was in her 30s. Having heard of people who cure themselves of cancer and other ailments, Forrest swore she would figure out how to be one of them. After much research and experimentation, she has dramatically improved her health and now helps others conquer their anxiety.

Award-Winning author and Huffington Post contributor, Liberty Forrest, has written several inspirational and motivational books covering a range of self-development, healing and empowering topics. Her compelling book, The Power and Simplicity of Self-Healing, based on her own remarkable story, has been changing lives and helping people find hope and healing in several countries around the world. Liberty's background is in social work and counselling, later adding hypnosis to her bag of tricks to further help her clients. For five years, she appeared approximately monthly on Sue Marchant's evening show on BBC Radio doing psychic phone-ins for listeners, and worked as a medium on stage connecting audience members with loved ones in spirit. Currently, she resides in Calgary, where she specializes in helping speakers and performers all over the world in conquering anxiety so they can be more confident on stage.

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liberty forrest is the Owner and Founder of Quantum Lightworkers and Healing, and the Quantum Lightworkers Healing Method.
She is also the author of several books. As well as writing for Huffington Post, her articles have appeared in numerous publications in many parts of the globe, including Canada, USA, London UK, South Africa, India, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and more. From 2011-2013 she had a weekly column in the Dubai branch of “Hello!” Magazine.
Visit liberty online at www.libertyforrest.com


World Suicide Prevention Day

By Laura
Via Facebook

It's World Suicide Prevention Day

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I've had to deal with this issue first hand many times with students over the years. What to do? It can be anyone you know or hang out with on a regular basis.

Everyone will go through some hard times at some point. Life isn't easy. Just something to think about. Did you know the people that are the strongest are usually the most sensitive? Did you know the people who exhibit the most kindness are the first to get mistreated? Did you know the ones who take care of others all the time are usually the ones who need it the most?
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Did you know the three hardest things to say are I love you, I'm sorry, and help me?

Sometimes just because a person looks happy, you have to look past their smile to see how much pain they may be in. I will also add that sometimes the smile and giving to others is what keeps them pushing forward.

To all my friends who are going through some issues right now... We all need positive intentions right now. Give a moment of support to all of those who have family problems, health struggles, job issues, worries of any kind and just needs to know that someone cares... nobody is immune. You're not alone.

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