Excuse me, dahrlings, but...

Celebrating International Women

It's international women's day, Pumpkins, and I've been asking myself if I know any international women -- besides Kim Catrall, of course.

To think that Justin Trudeau's mother went on to become that beacon of lust in Sex in The City is really something to celebrate, dahrlings.

Every year everyone starts harping about equality and equal pay - and lord knows I've always supported women being on top. But the thing of it is, as most of you know, women make babies and that skews the numbers.

But for those of us without the mommy gene – and there are many in travel – why are so few in charge? Let me count the dames.

There's our very own beacon of international sensuality, Vanessa Lee. She cruised into Canada and brought the industry to the bow and if CLIA doesn’t give her that award this year for being a wake-blazer I’m boycotting them for being too white. Or something. #V4CLIA!

And if you want to talk payload, we have a woman who can take on any man's brain parts, that international summation trigonometric achievement, Zeina Gedeon.

Keeping my sights on sex in travel (and by sex I mean gender - it's 2016 and sex in travel has gone the way of commissions. It's a vague memory of wonderful times and under the table consummations). We have a male who should be celebrated for having sprung from a line uteri which reaches to the great Nellie McClung. One of our first Canadian feminists who became a politician, author and social activist. 

We honour these women who pave the way for girls in res to become CEO's. But goodness the asphalt is taking a long time to lay.



Muriel Lee - March 10, 2016 @ 10:03
There are many incredibly bright women in this industry, Mary Goldsmith, Helene Poirier, kathryne Gordon Cuthbertson, Mary jo Cutai, Karen Scot Caplice just to mention a few. Women just get on with the job and keep "the big boys" in HQ looking good! Without these women their companies would not be where they are today! There professionalism, expertise and personal relationships with the travel industry is what keeps it pulsing along! Well Done to all women in this ever changing multi tasking industry. ps.You're back thanks!

Zeina Gedeon - March 8, 2016 @ 11:03
At TravelBrands there are exceptional women that support the company and strive to make a difference. Words cannot express our gratitude for their unwavering devotion.
Our team is a reflection of the great strides that women have made everywhere. We are proud of the successes and achievements that women continue to make in the workforce. There have been fantastic accomplishments in the last 50 years. For the women of today and tomorrow, the future looks better and our determination to succeed must prevail; however, we need to support women and help them combat oppression, poverty and persecution. This is a reality in our own backyards and in the four corners of the world! I encourage you all to make a difference, even a small gesture like giving your time, donating and/or emotionally supporting an initiative will go a long way. Even the slightest consideration, will have a significant impact. By standing together, we will ensure that the future shines even brighter.

Brenda Kyllo - March 8, 2016 @ 10:03
Let me add just a few more names of remarkable travel women "on top" that I admire: Kristin Karst (AmaWaterways); Stephanie Bishop (Globus), Stephanie Anevich (Vision Travel); Vicki Freed (RCI); Sarah Henshall (AAA Carolinas); Louise deGrandpre (Merit) - Lets celebrate today (any excuse for champagne!) but even more important commit to doing our utmost to support and open doors to senior mgt roles for women whenever we have the chance. That asphalt is taking a longer time than I ever expected to get laid!!!

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