CUWIB: Change Complaining

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By Quincy Ross, SEO Account Coordinator, Content Developer, John Abbott Summa Cum Laude Business Student

What does CUWIB mean to outsiders? Most may think, “oh, just another feminist group”, “advocates for Emma Watson’s breakthrough speech about an unpopular word”, or even “man haters”. Initially, those exact thoughts were running through my head when I skimmed through CUWIB President Priscilla Kosseim’s many medias. The more I looked, the skimming turned into reading and understanding.

There is a 43% difference in average annual salary between men and women in Canada in 2008 (Statistics Canada). Sure that number has improved over 50 years but the improvement has been minimal. Are women expected to wait another 200 years until we achieve salary equality? That seems a little excessive. CUWIB is not “man hating” nor are they “popularizing an unpopular word”; they are ending that wait. Unfortunately that wait will not be fair. Corporate fairness between the sexes is beyond our [women] control. We cannot control the way an individual may react to our job application, distinctions, aspirations, and ambitions but we can control how we respond to their reaction.  The only individuals, actions, and truths we are responsible for are ours.

Women in and around CUWIB are training themselves to be ruthless and firm decision makers, emotionless in boardrooms, knowledgeable in their fields, strategic with relationships, and selfish in terms of personal success. Nothing is fair in this world.

You, the women, the men, the feminists, the atheists, the Muslims, the hippies, the employers, the homeless, the students, need to put yourselves first. Rather than accepting the stereotypes or complaining about them, take action to change them. Change cannot occur without action and will not occur with words only.

The question is and remains for CUWIB and all active members of communities around the world: how can I, [insert name] change it?

 

Statistics Canada. (2015). Chart 1 Average total income of women and men, 1976 to 2008. Retrieved from Statistics Canada website: http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/89-503-x/2010001/article/11388/c-g/c-g001-eng.htm