Author: Paulette Senior
Paulette Senior is the President and CEO of the Canadian Women's Foundation, and is recognized as one of the most respected and vocal women leaders in the country. Before joining the Canadian Women’s Foundation, Ms. Senior was the CEO of YWCA Canada — the oldest and largest multi-service women’s organization in the country — for 10 years. She has led, managed, and operated shelters, employment programs and housing services, where she supported women, children, and youth in some of Toronto's most economically disadvantaged neighbourhoods. She has worked at Yellow Brick House, YWCA Toronto, Macaulay Child Development Centre, Lawrence Heights Community Health Centre, and Central Neighbourhood House. She has also held numerous volunteer and leadership roles and is currently Chair of Women’s College Hospital, Canada's leading academic ambulatory hospital in women's health.
At 11 years old, a Black girl new to the country from Jamaica, I was subject to streaming in my elementary school. Despite my strong academic performance in the past, I was moved into an extremely basic form of education in Canada.
Forget that myth of natural motherhood. It’s a deliberate process. And in Canada, it’s especially tough for racialized mothers and caregivers like me, including Indigenous mothers and mothers of colour.
“Hey Mom, what’s the glass ceiling?” “Is it true there’s a motherhood penalty?” “What about the leaky pipeline — what’s that?” Imagine a future where girls don’t hear these terms because they don’t exist. That vision is inspiring us as we mark . This year’s theme, , calls attention to progress we’ve made toward a […]
Wait! Before you spend that crisp new $10 bill, ask yourself if you know the story of the woman looking back at you. Until the new notes came into circulation last year, Viola Desmond’s contribution to Canadian history was one of many by Black Canadians that went unheralded.