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Gender and the Economy Speaker Series @ Rotman - Catherine Mayer

4:15-4:59pm check-in; 5:00pm sharp to 6:00pm on-stage conversation and audience questions; 6:00-6:10pm book sale

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Speaker Series

Date: Wednesday April 26, 2017 | 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Speaker(s): Catherine Mayer, Co-Founder, Women’s Equality Party of the UK (WEP); former Editor-at-Large, TIME Magazine; Author, in conversation with Sarah Kaplan, University of Toronto Distinguished Professor of Gender & the Economy; Professor of Strategic Management and Director, Institute for Gender + the Economy, Rotman
Topic: "Attack of the Fifty Foot Women: How Gender Equality Can Save the World!" (HarperCollins, Mar. 8, 2017 (UK), Apr. 25, 2017 (Canada))
Venue: Desautels Hall (Second Floor, South Building) | map
Rotman School of Management, U of Toronto,
105 St George Street
Location: Toronto
Cost: $39.99 plus HST per person (includes 1 signed hardcover copy of "Attack of the Fifty Foot Women" and 1 seat for the talk)
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BOOK SYNOPSIS:  Not a single country anywhere in the world has achieved gender equality. In more than a few countries, progress for women has stalled or is reversing. Voters in the US chose a misogynist over a female candidate for President. Yet in many of these countries, the majority of politicians and business leaders profess to believe in gender equality. One report predicts a boost to global GDP of 13.5 trillion dollars by 2025 simply by making faster progress towards narrowing the gender gap. Researchers point to many other potential benefits too, not least in improved relations between the sexes and a healthier, more peaceful planet.  If gender equality promises benefits not just to women, but to everyone, why aren’t we embracing it? Fewer than 9% of world leaders are female, but the few women who have broken through include towering figures such as Angela Merkel. Could 50-foot women save the day?  In Attack of the Fifty Foot Women, former Editor-at-Large of TIME Magazine, the Co-Founder of the Women’s Equality Party of the UK (“WEP”) and one of London (UK)’s  “Most Influential People in 2016”, Catherine Mayer, in a thorough analysis of the global need to achieve true gender equality – what this would look like, and how it would benefit our global society. Insightful, revelatory, often hilarious and hugely inspiring , Mayer shares inside views and experiences from building the Women’s Equality Party, and bringing together global research with analyses, case studies and interviews from all four corners of the world. Many people find it hard, in the absence of any real-life examples, to envision a gender-equal world. So Mayer takes us there -- to the place she calls ‘Equalia’, with fascinating answers, brilliantly thought-out experiments and a blueprint for reaching it. This video gives a good intro of the ethos behind the WEP – that has influenced Catherine in writing this book.

IN CONVERSATION WITH: Sarah Kaplan, University of Toronto Distinguished Professor of Gender & the Economy; Professor of Strategic Management and Director, Institute for Gender + the Economy, Rotman

SERIES SPONSOR: Institute for Gender and the Economy @ Rotman

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