Ep 29: Period Poverty

We chat with Amber Bishop, the principal of the Cambridge- Narrows Community School (K-12) about what her school specifically is doing to transform the bathroom experience for all students. The transformation includes providing sanitary products for free to those who need them. Although the CNCS is a small school in rural New Brunswick, the idea of period poverty is being discussed across the country and governments are beginning to respond. We hope that these conversations continue. 

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Ep 23: A Woman's Place is in the House

We chat with Susan Holt about her experience running for office. She shares lessons learned, opportunities, and challenges that she and others face. We dig into the recently raised issues of sexism at the Fredericton City Council, we chat about her new role with PQA and Plato Testing, and we talk about a number of systemic changes needed to get more people with diverse experiences elected.

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Ep 19: Women Deliver Recap

In this episode we chat about our experience at Women Deliver 2019. The episode is packed with content ranging from the future of work to #MeToo to the power of movements and everything in between. We also chat with three other East Coasters -- Ashley Hall, Allison Thorne, and Rachel Richard about their experience at Women Deliver.

The Women Deliver 2019 Conference took place from 3-6 June 2019 in Vancouver, Canada and was the world’s largest conference on gender equality and the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women in the 21st century. 

I attended Women Deliver as a Women Deliver Mobilization Canada bursary recipient. Mobilization Canada brought together around 50 advocates from across Canada to participate in Women Deliver. 

Femme Wonk is also one of the many mobilizers from across the country working to continue the momentum of Women Deliver. You can check out the other mobilizers including events at wedeliver2019.org.

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Ep 14: Discussion w/ Brian Gallant

In this episode, we're joined by former Premier of New Brunswick and Minister Responsible for Women's Equality, Brian Gallant.

This episode is jam packed. We chat about how Mr. Gallant found himself in the role of minister responsible for women's equality, some of the policies he's most proud of, why men's ally-ship is so important, and how we can keep moving forward. 

On a personal note, I worked for Premier Gallant for 2.5 years and it was a real privilege to get to recap his thinking on some of the work I found most impactful. 

We also chat about our recent blog post: 6 Point Action Plan to get More Women Elected.  

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Ep 12: No Second Chances w/Kate Graham

We're joined by Kate Graham to discuss her new project in collaboration with Canada 2020 -- No Second Chances. This project follows the journey of the 12 women previously elected as first ministers (premiers and prime minister) in Canada. We discuss some interesting learnings that the project has produced, as well as continued barriers for women in politics in Canada.

In our current affairs lightening round we chat about inclusive legislatures and some issues highlighted issues that have been in the news lately. Check out our blog post to learn more about it.  

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Ep 10: Eliminating Bias in the Workplace

In today's episode we chat with Robyn Tingley, founder and CEO of Glass Sky. We chat about women's leadership, eliminating bias in the workplace, quotas on corporate boards, and resources that you and your employer can use to enhance inclusion. 

Robyn is the author of 10 Essentials for the Motivated Millennial: A Guide to High Performance for New Grads and Career Starters: Get it here 

She also referenced the launch of a free tool kit for employers to stamp out bias in the workplace: Check it out here

In this episode, we launched a new lightening round section to chat about current affairs. We highlighted the following things -- click on the links for more info.

1. New Brunswick 2019 Budget Analysis from a Femme Wonk

2. The gender equality chapter in the 2019 federal budget 

3. No Second Chances, a new Canada 2020 podcast

4. The Gender Gap Tracker

5. On the Basis of Sex

6. So Here's the Thing...

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Ep 9: DIPV Leave

In this episode, we chat with Lana Payne, Atlantic Regional Director for Unifor. We discuss Unifor's advocacy on domestic partner violence and why they have been pushing for legislative changes across Canada. We also talk about what exactly domestic, intimate partner, and/or sexual violence leave is and how it can be implemented. This is a policy heavy episode -- we hope you learn a thing or two!

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IWD 5: Jill Lamb, Girls STEM Up

 This is the fifth and final episode in our International Women's Day project. The IWD project brought a short podcast episode every single day this week that interviewed an organization or person doing really great things to embody the #InnovateForChange theme of International Women's Day this year. In today’s episode, I chat with Jill Lamb, a founder of Girls STEM Up, about their upcoming conference to engage high school and university women in STEM.  

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IWD 3: Karina LeBlanc, Pond Deshpande Centre

This is the third episode in our International Women's Day project. The IWD project will bring you a short podcast episode every single day this week that interviews an organization or person doing really great things to embody the #InnovateForChange theme of International Women's Day this year. In today’s episode, I chat with Karina LeBlanc from the Pond Deshpande Centre about supporting system change through representation.

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IWD 1: Katie Davey, Femme Wonk

This episode kicks off our International Women's Day project which will bring you a short podcast episode every single day this week that interviews an organization or person doing really great things to embody the #InnovateForChange theme of International Women's Day this year. In today’s episode, I'm also going to talk to you a bit more about Femme Wonk and how we’ve evolved over the last five months or so. I’m also going to talk to you about my own opinions on International Women's Day as well as basically answer the questions that I’m going to be asking the guests for this week coming up.

We've turned this episode into a blog! Check it out here.

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Ep 3: 1.5% incentive

In this episode I'm joined by Jordan O'Brien. We discuss an amendment to the Political Process Financing Act in New Brunswick to allow for votes cast for women to be counted at 1.5% when calculating the per-vote subsidy. 

We discuss how this impacted the 2018 General Election, what can be done to improve it, the future of political fundraising in New Brunswick, and encouraging more women to run for elected office.

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