Archives by Tag 'heroes'

Vimy Ridge and the Vimy Memorial

By - Last updated: Monday, April 9, 2012

Today is the 95th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, "the triumphant First World War battle in which Canada suffered 10,600 casualties, nearly 3,600 of them fatal."  In an article in today's Globe Jane Urquhart, author of The Stone Carvers, "recalls the neglect -- historic and physical -- that Vimy and its spectacular monument once endured, and applauds its renaissance as part of our national narrative."   Ms Urquhart tells us her own education (like mine) gave the Battle of Vimy Ridge short shrift and it was not until she visited the site with her future husband  and was profoundly moved by a tour of the site and in her case so inspired by it that years later she wrote The ...

Letter to My Daughter

By - Last updated: Friday, March 23, 2012

I’m a wife, mother, family member, friend, writer and career woman. I am blessed to have a daughter and son and son-in-law. When Janet Graham and I first met, we conceived the idea of writing a series of letters to my daughter that would distill some of the lessons I’ve learned juggling career and family. While these letters are addressed to Lesley, they are also sent with love to Brian and Greg.   March 21, 2012   Dear Lesley,   When Betty Friedan wrote her seminal work, The Feminine Mystique, women of my generation and a bit older responded to her message like soldiers to a bugle call. My copy (the 1974 edition) is a bit faded at the edges and in places the spine is ...

Hilary Clinton and Gloria Steinem

By - Last updated: Thursday, March 22, 2012

Over the last couple of weeks, there have been several wonderful articles, stories and opinion pieces written and published in the New York Times about two women I admire greatly -- Hilary Clinton and Gloria Steinem (my all-time hero)!!   In case you missed them, I have included the links to the columns here.   The first is a link to an opinion piece written by another great woman, Maureen Dowd on Wednesday, March 14, the same day the editorial "Why I Am Leaving Goldman Sachs"  written by Greg Smith was published.  In all of the hoopla about the Greg Smith column it would be easy to miss the Maureen Dowd column which would be a shame. I believe it is well worth the ...

Sheryl Sandberg – Three Takes

By - Last updated: Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Sheryl Sandberg is getting a fair amount of press these days given Facebook's filing last week to go public and her co-chairing the World Economic Forum in Davos this year.   As a result, I have been able to listen to her speak very eloquently at Davos and read about her in both the Globe (Reprint of  a Bloomberg article) and the New York Times.  Every time I see her from a different perspective, however, I am always hugely impressed by her.  I find it somewhat distressing to see how the media endeavours to interpret her intentions, her actions, and her success, subtly questioning her motivations and her commitment!   I have attached the links, so you can see these recent takes on her ...