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Exclusive excerpt: How sexism helped turn tide for Hazel McCallion

October 26, 2014

Over the years, I’ve often been called a “pioneer” on women’s issues when it comes to politics, business and home life. But I’ve never really cared for that description. First of all, the term “pioneer woman” brings to mind author Susanna Moodie, living in the backwoods of Canada and hauling water for the family. I loved my rural upbringing, but I view myself as living in a contemporary world and as someone who helped build a modern, world-class city. Second, it gives me the feeling that some people would like to slot me into a role as a feminist, which I am not. I believe in hard work to get ahead, not quotas. As I have told many women’s groups: “Think like a man, act like a lady and work like a dog.”

Article source: http://www.thestar.com/news/insight/2014/10/24/hazel_mccallion.html

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