Canada’s Double Glass Ceiling: Where Should Canadian Women Go?

Below are some interesting facts of my life that made me think about what exactly is going on in Canada and whether Canadian women should seek to stay in Canada or move away to some other country:

  1. I was an extrovert and was very well-integrated in the society before I came to Canada. I felt that I became very quiet and reserved while living here; and, nobody bothered to find out about me until I came out of this ordeal on my own.
  2. As a Technical Writer, I have to sometimes work in the Tech sector. I am finding that there are less women who work with men in the Tech sector; and, there are more women who are complaining about being mistreated while finding work.
  3. There are times when I see Canadian students give more attention to a lame comment by a male student than to a more informed comment by a female student. Some of them do not bother to attempt to learn why the male student’s comment can easily be regarded as dumb. After graduating and getting a great job, these students are going to actively under-represent women in the workforce.
  4. Because I am an ENFP and thus very friendly and easy-going, I get to hear a lot of personal aggravations every other day from almost everyone.
  5. I have been abused multiple times by men during the interview. This abuse goes from asking me to visit too many times or asking me questions about my religion and culture when I am already too stressed. Most of this abuse was reported to the correct authorities.

According to Marina Glogovac’s article “The challenge for women to smash the glass ceiling”, which was published on The Globe and Mail in 2016, only 0.32% of the female participants of the Canadian labor force (48%) find a job in senior management.

In the 2016 Statista article “Which countries have the most women in senior management?”, Niall McCarthy does not list Canada in the top ten or the bottom ten countries that have the most women in senior management. However, the writer lists Indonesia and China in the top ten list and Turkey and India in the top bottom list.

According to the IT World Canada’s article “Women are seriously under-represented in the Canadian tech sector and it’s not improving: new report”, which was written by Mandy Kovacs in 2017, women are under-represented in the Tech sector. Read my personal experience, point 2.

According to a 2015 article “The Countries with the Most Women Managers Worldwide”, which was published on Expert Market and authored by Jared Keleher, US and Canada don’t make the list of top 10 countries that mostly hire and protect senior female executives. Canada is number 36 in this list, below Jamaica and Philippines.

According to the CNBC article “Companies with more female executives make more money—here’s why. 2018”, which was published by Yoni Blumberg in 2018,  gender diversity enhances a company’s performance—by the way, this article shares the picture of Facebook’s CEO, Sheryl Sandberg, who resembles the Indian actress, Alia Bhatt.

A profitable firm at which 30 percent of leaders are women could expect to add more than 1 percentage point to its net margin compared with an otherwise similar firm with no female leaders,” the report notes. “By way of comparison, the typical profitable firm in our sample had a net profit margin of 6.4 percent, so a 1 percentage point increase represents a 15 percent boost to profitability.

In one of the oldest religions, Islam, female business professionals are given a lot of weight. For instance, Lady Khadija (Prophet Mohammad’s first wife) was one of the wealthiest Arab trader and many female industry leaders were created through her although we don’t have a complete documentation of these other women.

Now, let me give you a cool hint about myself. Many women of my household are senior executives or business professionals. I inherited great business guts this way. This is why when I get severe gut feelings about where my male relatives should be investing and from where they should be removing their money. Every time I tell them that something is wrong with an investment of theirs, then something turns out wrong even years afterwards. This mostly happens with my close relatives and friends. It is also true that sometimes I think and compute like regular humans and other times I get way ahead too fast—when I become different, I clearly hear a voice telling me something and I clearly state that something is wrong.

Here is another hint about my intelligence. Several years ago, a friend of mine—a well-respected Canadian lawyer—briefly discussed the conditions of Canadian women and left the decision of helping out in my hands. I decided to move forward on my own and started discussing and implementing his brain child, “Buddy System”.  I investigated totally on my own and reported on my blog several times that something was really wrong. I followed my gut feeling again; and, this time I beat the Canadian Feds (see Global News article “New survey details widespread harassment in Canada’s workplaces”) because they had more tools, resources, and access than I did! They only posted this article in 2017 and I made my conclusions before that by reviewing my personal experiences, talking to mostly women, and reading articles only. You can see a print screen of my older blog, Writer’s Dojo. I wrote my first article about the “Buddy Program” in 2016.

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In conclusion, finding a great management job in Canada is pretty tough. A lot of times I am triangulated in a very deceptive manner by multiple individuals so that they may break me down. I am sure that the same is happening to the other Canadian women. I strongly feel that the Canadian women can either fight this oppression or they can desert the Canadian men and flee for a better country. See “18 of the Best International Recruitment Agencies in Canada”.

Copyright © by Arzoo Zaheer. All Rights Reserved. Only my experiences are copyrighted. Everything else has been cited and is not copyrighted by me.

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