The Issues That Remain Important For Women Business Leaders

Business leaders and entrepreneurs across the globe tend to share common problems with running their companies. It often takes an empowered and creative manager to cut through the noise of issues to find the ones that mean the most to their employees and their customers. Some of these issues remain the priority for the lifetime of the company. Others tend to be affected by the economic environment and changing markets. What are the issues that concern you most in your business?

Overheads And Over Your Head

The cost of running a business can be wide-ranging. Typical overheads include power, data processing, and connectivity. But it is usually the cost of staffing the business that company bosses feel should be variable. That is, it should be cut when trends suggest that profits may not reach predicted levels. Culling your human resource should be a last resort, but sadly seems to be a preferred cost-saving exercise. It is usually left to the manager to break the bad news, and deal with the fall-out.

Women making business decisions

These women are talking about cost-saving measures. Pexels, CC0 License.

Healthy Building, Healthy Business?

The health of your employees is another area that causes great concern for managers and business leaders. Your company is legally obliged to ensure safety. And many companies with over 50 employees are expected to cover much of the cost of their employees’ healthcare. Have a look at some business health insurance quotes to see what your obligation might be this year. Look at it from your employee’s point of view, though. If they’re not healthy, they can’t work for you. And if you can’t provide the cover they need, they might leave you for a competitor anyway.

Fairness

No matter how many employees you have, it is essential you maintain equal opportunities and fairness for all. This is easier said than done. It’s easier when you have a formal promotion and pay review scheme. It can be difficult for your employees to feel they are fairly considered and rewarded without one. Women have historically seen the effects of gender preference in the boardroom. When it’s your turn to consider promoting someone, can you be certain you’ll reward your employees fairly and without bias?

Women are not always equals within organizations

Is there gender inequality in your workplace? Pexels, CC0 License.

Technology Takeovers

The Internet of Things and the rise of Big Data is opening up opportunities in technology that we may never have dreamed of. The trouble with all rapid rises of new ideas is that it takes a long time for us to fully digest the consequences. Privacy and security are the biggest issues to consider. Your business undoubtedly holds and accesses thousands of sensitive pieces of data. This can be about employees as well as customers. The big worry is the fall-out should your security be compromised.

As a creative leader in the business world, it’s important you have the freedom to express and present your ideas and suggestions. One of the biggest worries for women that have made it to the top is standing up for yourself. You want to share what you’ve come up with, but are you too afraid to rock the boat? Which of these issues worries you the most in your workplace?

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Nellie McClung: Assessing Her Impact on Women’s Rights (Post 3 of 3)

 

Colorful Canadian Mural about Votes for Women

Mural on Dr. Emily Stowe Way (formerly Elizabeth Street) in Toronto. Photo © Resa McConaghy – Artist: Jacqueline Comrie Garrido.

Welcome to the final installment of Nellie McClung week! This post is written by both Resa and I. As Resa explained in her wonderful post two days ago, Nellie was pivotal in Manitoba being the first Canadian province to grant women the right to vote. The momentous date was January 28, 1916. After this important day, Nellie continued to fight for women’s right to vote in other provinces.

When Were Women Granted the Right to Vote in Other Canadian Provinces?

On March 14, 1916, just two months after Manitoba amended its legislation, women in Saskatchewan gained the legal right to vote. One month later (April 19), Alberta followed suit. The following year, on April 5, 1917, British Columbia changed its laws about women’s right to vote. Just one week later, on April 12, Ontario did the same.

The next province in which women gained the right to vote was Nova Scotia; the momentous day was April 26, 1918. Almost exactly one year later (April 17, 1919), New Brunswick amended its election act to include women. One month passed (May 20) before Yukon made the same change to its electoral legislation.

It was on May 3, 1922, that women residing on Prince Edward Island gained the legal ability to vote. Newfoundland and Labrador followed soon after on April 3, 1925. Women in Quebec and the Northwest Territories had to wait longer; Quebec granted women the right to vote on April 25, 1940, and it was a decade later on June 12, 1951, that Northwest Territories became the last province to make the change.

Nellie in the Alberta Legislature

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A Women’s Parliament

Today Resa and I unveil post #2 of Nellie McClung week. Please head to the original post at Resa’s Graffiti Lux and Murals blog to see the Winnipeg mural of Nellie and her fellow suffragists, which has been photographed so well by Resa. Learn about the history of women’s rights in Canada and more. Thank you Resa for being such a great partner in this week-long collaboration! Our third post will publish Friday at When Women Inspire. ♥

Graffiti Lux and Murals

On January 28, 1914, Nellie McClung starred as Manitoba’s suspender snapping and cigar smoking Premier, in a mock parliament at the Walker Theater in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Artist: Mandy van Leeuwen Artist: Mandy van Leeuwen

This is Post two of “Nellie week” presented by Christy Birmingham of When Women Inspire & I.

The previous day, January 27, 1914, Nellie and many women of the Political Equality League met with Premier Roblin and the legislative body to request the vote for women.

img_4761 Artist: Mandy van Lueewen

Premier Roblin condescended. He said, “I believe woman suffrage would break up the home and send women to mix up in political meetings.”

Artist: Mandy van Lueewen Artist: Mandy van Lueewen

This prompted a guerilla “mock parliament” wherein women had the vote, but not men. It was added to that night’s showing of  How They Won The Vote“, a play originally produced in London. It was adapted to fit Winnipeg in 1914.

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