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JFK and my mom both would have turned 100 this week: how much has changed, how much has not

John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born 100 years ago this Monday and my mother, Clare Wood Currie, was born 100 years ago this coming Sunday. When JFK was assassinated in 1963 – the shot that stunned a country and most of … Continue reading

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On Mother’s Day, life lessons from my mother-in-law

Mother’s Day, 2017. Considering that I had more time with my mother-in-law (38 years) than with my Mom (28 years, until her untimely death), it seems fitting that, along with my own mother, I think of our family’s Mum/Grandma/Great Grandma … Continue reading

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Hockey and IT, or figure skating and anything but?

Sorry, that’s kind of a strange title, isn’t it! I’ll try to explain. Last Thursday I wrote a blog post about the challenge in attracting young women to careers in IT, after which I became further discouraged by the apparent … Continue reading

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How do we mentor women when there aren’t enough female role models?

“Where are the women? How do we engage more of them?” This concern has been posed to me in three different contexts in the past two weeks, and in each case, I’m very pleased to say, by men. The specific questions, coming … Continue reading

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Ageism: please don’t call me “dear”

Apparently it’s called “benevolent prejudice”, the tendency to see older people as “friendly” but “incompetent” and to treat them accordingly. And apparently, women encounter this phenomenon more often than men. I remember my mother-in-law being treated like this, not infrequently, … Continue reading

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The Mounties, the Donald, sexism, and the gaps in the message

Even if you’ve never been to Canada there’s a good chance you’ve heard of the Mounties. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the RCMP, with their ceremonial hats and red jackets, are a national icon of Canada. The Mounties, in fact, have a … Continue reading

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Self-confidence and women, not always a comfortable relationship

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending a pubic presentation by a graduate of our local university, Ms. Heidi Shyu, who recently retired as the U.S. Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology. As … Continue reading

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