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Assertive or Aggressive?

Updated: Jun 11, 2021

Women in class

Which are you?

"Women make up just over half of the Canadian population, yet continue to be underrepresented in political and professional leadership positions.

When more women ascend to leadership roles, they become role models to girls and to other women. More women leaders will also influence the high-level decision-making that will pave the way toward gender equality."

Why is it urgent to support women in leadership?

  • Although Canada’s federal cabinet is now evenly split between men and women, only 27% of the seats in the House of Commons belong to women.1

  • Women comprise 19.5% of the board members for Canada’s top 500 companies.2

  • Just 8.5% of the highest-paid positions in Canada’s top 100 listed companies are held by women.

Women lecture

"No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contributions of half its citizens." Michelle Obama

"A workplace is only as strong as its team. It’s crucial that workplaces learn how to support, retain, and advance women leaders. Here is the second part of a three-part series on women in leadership. This week, three trailblazing leaders were asked about how they cultivate more supportive workplaces for women, and empower all women to lead"

3 female students in graduation day

Aggressive or assertive?

How about both?

She found it perplexing, even as a young girl how her grandmother, who managed a successful bookstore, would cook, clean and absorb the barrage of complaints and harassment from her grandfather.

There was something about her grandmother's meekness which, "Got under my skin".

"I was the only person in the family to talk back to [grandpa] Dandy when he yelled. It drove me crazy that my grandmother wouldn't speak up for herself."

Michelle Obama

Becoming Michelle

A women wearing a "Empower Like Michelle" slogan holding the Michelle Obama Becoming book

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