Betty-Ann's Both Sides Blog

Change Attitudes, Not Laws Blog Thumbnail

This past week demonstrated that Asian men and Canadian university students have something in common- both believe that their sexual rights are paramount. To change these sad results and improve the lives of 50% of our population we must change attitudes. Laws aren’t enough. It started when United Nations released a survey showing that nearly … Read more

Getting Women Seen AND Heard Blog Thumbnail

Twenty years ago this month an American civil rights lawyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, wrote a brief which dramatically improved the rights of women. Thanks to her, the law giving preference to men over women in administering estates was overturned. She then went to the Supreme Court and convinced them that the law which guaranteed the … Read more

Learning To Say No Blog Thumbnail

Learning to say NO to others can be a YES to yourself. This little one syllable word is simple to pronounce but often very difficult for women to say. The problem is that if we say YES to everyone else we end up working on their priorities and never advance our own. A perfect example … Read more

Finding Support Systems at Work Blog Thumbnail

We all need support systems – especially women, who tend to value the collective above individuality. I was recently reminded of the importance of support systems when I was contacted for some advice by a female executive who has worked her way up through the ranks of her company and is about to be appointed … Read more

12 Points to Overcome Communication Differences Blog Thumbnail

We all know that men are different than women. Whether it is due to nature or nurture matters not- the key is that it results in communication differences that can make us feel like we are speaking a different language. And that can be a mine field at home and even more perilous at the … Read more

Summer Lessons Blog Thumbnail

Summer provides the perfect environment to rethink your modus operandi. A long afternoon laying in a hammock feeling the gentle breezes play on your face, is an ideal time to step out of your busy routine of ‘doing’ and experience the beauty of just ‘being’. The outer world requires immense amounts of frenetic activity to … Read more

A Few Good Men Create Tipping Point for Women Blog Thumbnail

There appears to be a tipping point happening for women as a few good men are stepping forward and publicly acknowledging the value of women. From investment guru Warren Buffet, to spiritual leader the Dali Lama, women are getting a boost. The question is: Can we depend on our Prime Minister Stephen Harper to join … Read more

Fathers Make The World Better Blog Thumbnail

Fathers make the world better so find yourself a council of Dads. I was struck with this idea when reading about a man in New York who was diagnosed with cancer. Concerned his six-year old twin daughters would grow up without a father he recruited a number of friends to assume that role. Each man … Read more

A Princess for a New Generation Blog Thumbnail

On May 11, Princess Merida, from the Oscar winning film Brave, will officially be welcomed to the Disney Royal Court and I say “Here Ye, Long Live Princess Merida”. This is a princess for a new generation. Merida doesn’t fit nicely into the traditional box of a demure and passive damsel in distress waiting for … Read more

Women and the Science of Appearance

Earlier this month Hillary Clinton told a standing ovation crowd at the Women of the World conference in New York that women’s rights were the unfinished business of the 21st Century. She stated that one of the things that will advance the cause of women is to encourage more girls to enter the field of … Read more