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Alright, Now What?

62 EpisodesProduced by Canadian Women's FoundationWebsite

Welcome to Alright, Now What?, a podcast from the Canadian Women’s Foundation. Every other Wednesday, our experts and partners put an intersectional feminist lens on one topic or story we’ve all been hearing about ... the issues and stories that just seem to keep resurfacing and make you wonder, "Wh… read more

62 Episodes | 2020 - 2023

Signal for Help and the Hidden Stories

March 22nd, 2023


With Nana aba Duncan (Media Girlfriends) and Eternity Martis. 

Sometimes, it’s the personal stories that can light a fire. Because in the flurry of activity around the viral Signal for Help, a hand gesture we released …

Indigenizing International Women's Day

March 8th, 2023


International Women’s Day as we know it grew out of early 20th century action to promote women’s rights and suffrage. After that, its popularity …

Misogynoir and Healing Journeys

February 22nd, 2023


With Monica Samuel, Founder and Executive Director of Black Women in Motion.

Understanding the abuse and discrimination Black women, girls, and gender-diverse people face offers insight on how we can better support …

Good Food in Tough Times

February 8th, 2023


With Brianne Miller at Nada.

In these rocky economic times, affordable, sustainable food seems elusive. Can you do food business in a way that does good? How are women and equity-seeking people leading the way?

Lots of …

Stitching for Sustainability

January 25th, 2023


With Munira Abukar at Stitch Lab T.O.

Women are more likely to live in low-income households than men, especially single mothers. Indigenous women, …

Chilling Abuse Against Women Journalists

January 11th, 2023


With journalists Garvia Bailey, Saba Eitizaz, Christina Frangou, and Salimah Shivji.

Content note: this episode includes discussion of gender-based …

Signal for Help: Learn to End Abuse

December 28th, 2022


With Jennifer Delisle.

An online search pulls up several news stories about women and girls who used the Signal for Help in dangerous situations. The …

December 6 and Ending Femicide

December 14th, 2022


With Corinne Ofstie.

Content note: this episode addresses femicide. “December 6, 1989 was a terrible moment that became a transformative movement,” …

Ending Sexual Violence on Campus

November 30th, 2022


With Ziyana Kotadia and Karen Campbell.

Content note: this episode addresses sexual violence. Too Scared to Learn: Women, Violence, and Education by …

Decolonizing Giving

November 16th, 2022


With Kris Archie, Chief Executive Officer of The Circle on Philanthropy.

In Decolonizing Wealth: Indigenous Wisdom to Heal Divides and Restore Balance

Women and White Nationalism (Part 2)

November 2nd, 2022


With guest Barbara Perry.

White nationalism is on the rise in Canada. What does it have to do with women?

Researchers Barbara Perry and Ryan Scrivens describe far-right extremism as “a loose movement, animated by a …

Women and White Nationalism (Part 1)

October 19th, 2022


With guest Erica Ifill.

White nationalism is on the rise in Canada. What does it have to do with women? 

White nationalism is a core concept in …

Feminist Journalism

October 5th, 2022


With guests Robyn Doolittle and Christina Frangou.

Equity-seeking journalists including women and racialized reporters investigate some of the most …

Young Feminists Lead Climate Justice

September 21st, 2022


We’re in climate crisis – and marginalized women, girls, and gender-diverse people bear the brunt. Young climate justice leaders are ringing the alarm. It’s about time we listen.

In a sense, climate change and global …

First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Youth

September 7th, 2022


We found that around half of parents and caregivers in Canada believe their children aged 9 to 19 are struggling right now, two years into a global pandemic. But children and young people are a diverse group. We do a …

Girls, Rape Culture, and Colonialism

August 24th, 2022


Content note: this episode addresses sexual violence.

We’ve all been exposed to rape culture, but girls and non-binary youth experience it …

The Future of Care

August 10th, 2022


When we think “economy”, it’s easy to imagine stereotypical things: opening bell, chaotic trading floor, ups and downs of stock graphs. But the economy is made up of people and it’s deeply gendered. There is no economy …

Groundbreaking Inquest in Renfrew County

July 27th, 2022


Content note: this episode addresses gender-based violence and femicide.

On September 22, 2015, Carol Culleton, Anastasia Kuzyk and Nathalie …

Gender Justice in the North

July 13th, 2022


Northern Canada experiences some of the highest rates of violence, poverty, and health concerns and lower access to basic services. Legacies of …

Anna Maria Tremonti and Eternity Martis Share Stories of Abuse

June 29th, 2022


Content note: this episode addresses gender-based violence.

Anna Maria Tremonti and Eternity Martis are iconic voices in Canadian media. Both of them …

The Resurgence of Victim-Blaming

June 15th, 2022


Content note: this episode addresses gender-based violence.

“Is #MeToo Over?”, headlines are asking. There’s been a resurgence of victim-blaming …

Reproductive Justice

June 1st, 2022


The anticipated overturn of Roe v. Wade, a 1973 US Supreme Court decision that established abortion access as a constitutional right, highlights the importance of reproductive justice everywhere. Achieving a gender …

Mothers at the Breaking Point

May 18th, 2022


Overworked, overwhelmed, undervalued. Last May, we launched The Mother Rising, a campaign to draw attention to the voices of diverse mothers and caregivers in Canada. We learned that many of them were at their breaking …

Sexual Assault Evidence Kits

May 4th, 2022


Content note: this episode addresses sexual violence.

“Not every Ontario hospital has rape evidence kits,” reads a recent Toronto Star headline. “A …

Promises and Pitfalls of Canada's Federal Budget

April 20th, 2022


The 2022 Federal Budget says that 44% of its investments are gender neutral, 42% benefit men more than women, and just 14% benefit women more than …

Refugee Experiences are Gendered

April 6th, 2022


We're mindful of crises in the Ukraine, in Afghanistan, in Yemen, and other regions of the world. The goal of gender justice in Canada is intertwined …

Mind the Gender Pay Gap

March 23rd, 2022


It's 2022 and the gender pay gap still hurts us. What does the data say? And what are some real life stories behind the numbers?

The gender pay gap refers to the difference in average earnings of people based on gender. …

The Abuse Support Gap

March 9th, 2022


The Canadian Women's Foundation's new national survey shows a significant difference between how able people feel to support those facing abuse and how supported those survivors of abuse actually feel. It shows that …

Exploring Misogynoir

February 23rd, 2022


Misogynoir is a term coined by Moya Bailey to describe the unique form of anti-Black sexism faced by Black women. It’s a key topic explored in the documentary, Subjects of Desire, an award-winning documentary written, …

A Feminist Lens on Alt-Right Ideology

February 9th, 2022


We’ve seen breaking news about the rise of alt-right ideology and its connections with misogyny, racism, homophobia, and other forms of …

The State of Gender Justice

January 26th, 2022


After nearly 2 years of a global pandemic with severely gendered impacts, how are women, girls, and Two Spirit, trans, and non-binary people fairing today? What do the losses in three decades of gender equality gains …

Is Feminism No Longer the F-Word?

January 12th, 2022


A new survey by Environics Institute for Survey Research shows that 57% of women in Canada identify as feminists, a big increase from the past. The number is especially high for young women aged 18 to 24. In addition to …

Femicide is on the Rise

December 29th, 2021


The Canadian Femicide Observatory for Justice and Accountability recently reported that, in 2020 and 2021, the rate of femicide - murders of women because they are women - has been on the rise. In Canada, a woman is …

A Better Response to Abuse: Laura's Story

December 15th, 2021


As we move into the holiday season, we have seen more news stories about gender-based violence. For every case we do learn about, there are many we …

The Signal for Help is Only as Good as its Response

December 1st, 2021


What can supporting someone going through abuse actually look like? And what about the times where we might have ... messed up?

Our new Signal for …

Transgender Day of Remembrance

November 17th, 2021


November 20 is the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, a time to remember and honour the lives of trans and gender-diverse people murdered due to hate, prejudice, and discrimination. It was first held in 1999 to …

The Signal for Help

November 10th, 2021


This bonus episode will get you up to speed on what's been going on with the Signal for Help, a simple one-handed gesture you can make without leaving a digital trace. It means "I need you to check in with me safely." …

The Trouble With Leaning In

November 3rd, 2021


Many of us know what it's like to be told to "lean in". And there are lots of articles on how women and equity-seeking people can better ask for what …

The Future for Millennials and Gen Z

October 20th, 2021


In this back-to-school season, we launched the Got Your Back campaign to support girls and gender-diverse young people in their struggles with mental …

Trafficking: Learnings From the Grassroots

October 6th, 2021


The issue of trafficking is in Canadian news media all the time. But what is it? Why is the term so confusing? And why is it that matters of …

What #Elxn44 Results Mean for Gender Justice

September 22nd, 2021


After a swift campaign period, the federal election has wrapped up and the results are in. What do they actually mean when it comes to gender justice …

Gender Justice and #Elxn44

September 8th, 2021


The September 20th federal election approaches fast and furious. What does it mean to "vote for gender justice" this time around? Ann Decter, Senior …

Yes, the Gender Pay Gap Exists, and it's Complicated

August 25th, 2021


New legislation about gendered pay inequity will go into force on August 31, 2021. But there are still those who say that a gender pay gap doesn't exist in Canada at all. We're joined by Dr. Sarah Kaplan, Director of …

Evicted: How Homelessness Impacts Women

August 11th, 2021


Experiences of homelessness are not a monolith; women and gender-diverse people may have unique experiences and unique challenges when faced with …

“De-Platforming Misogyny”: How to Address Online Hate?

July 28th, 2021


Technology-facilitated gender-based violence (TFGBV) occurs at shockingly high rates and has a devastating impact on those targeted. From the doxxing …

Paid Sick Leave is a Feminist Issue

July 14th, 2021


We are joined by social justice lawyer and advocate Fay Faraday and Vice President of Community Initiatives at the Foundation Anuradha Dugal to discuss the intersection of paid sick leave and gender. We explore the …

Male Dominated: Harassment Beyond the Military

June 30th, 2021


We've all seen the news about abuses in the military, but the problem of sexual harassment in Canada goes far beyond any one industry. On today's episode, we're asking the question; why are some industries so much worse …

The Inequality of Parenting

June 15th, 2021


On the first episode of this season, we're tackling the question—why do Mothers still take on the bulk of childcare, and what is this doing to their …

BONUS: Federal Budget 2021

April 29th, 2021


In April, the federal government unveiled a federal budget that includes historic investment in childcare, action on gender-based violence, and other …

Building Accountable, Equitable Futures

March 3rd, 2021


In this final episode of the season, we talk about how to consistently build accountability and equity into our feminist fundraising and investing practices going forward, with guest Nadia Djinnit from the Cooperation …

Trust, Relationships, and Burn-out

February 24th, 2021


Building trusting relationships between all philanthropic partners is key to a thriving, equitable sector. This week on the show, we're joined by Raisa Borshchigova from Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights to …

Challenging Best Practices: Moving Past the “Conversation Industrial Complex”

February 17th, 2021


Feminist philanthropists aren't afraid to be challenged. This episode we're joined by Vidya Nair from the Equality Fund and Kerry-Jo Ford Lyn from the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice to discuss how we can undo …

Redefining Giving

February 10th, 2021


Join us for the third season of Alright, Now What?, a podcast that’s all about systemic change and the journey towards gender justice. This season we’re partnering with our friends at the Equality Fund and Community …

Ending Gender-Based Violence: What it Takes

December 15th, 2020


To end gender-based violence before it starts, we need violence prevention and intervention. And rather than seeing violence as something inevitable, …

Emotional Abuse in the “Shadow Pandemic”

December 8th, 2020


When we think about gender-based violence, we tend to think about physical abuse. But there are hidden forms of violence, including manipulation, …

16 Days, 16 Ways to Act Together

December 1st, 2020


In times of crisis, inequality grows and vulnerable communities can be left behind. That's why the Canadian Women’s Foundation and The Body Shop …

BONUS: The Future of Recovery

August 25th, 2020


We’re working on bringing you a second season, and we’re so excited about it. But for now, we have some pressing new data we need to share with you.

The Future of All of Us

August 4th, 2020


We’ve spent four episodes breaking down just how deeply COVID-19 is impacting women, and particularly low-income, racialized, and gender-diverse …

The Future of #MeToo

July 27th, 2020


This week we're talking about the Me Too Movement, workplace harassment during the pandemic, and what we can do to end it for good. Join us as we …

The Future of Normal

July 20th, 2020


This week, we're talking about how the pandemic has impacted the women's sector, and the future of gender equality in Canada. Join us in conversation …

The Future of Safety

July 13th, 2020


We know that the social isolation measures necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic are making it more difficult for those who are at risk of abuse or …

The Future of Work

July 2nd, 2020


In this episode we're talking all about child care, work, and the gendered impacts of COVID-19 with our own Karen Campbell and Ann Decter. Join us as we uncover why women in the workforce are …

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