TORONTO, May 13, 2014 /CNW/ - Janet McFarland, a business reporter with The Globe and Mail whose reporting raised the issue of gender inequality on corporate
boards, is the winner of the inaugural Landsberg Award.
Presented by The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) in association with the Canadian Women's Foundation, The Landsberg Award celebrates a journalist giving greater profile to
women's equality issues. It recognizes a working journalist doing
exceptional research, analysis and writing through a gender lens about
women's equality issues in Canada across print, broadcast or online
news from 2013.
"Janet McFarland stood out because she presents thought-provoking
research and awareness of issues that stimulate systemic change," says Mina Mawani, a jury member and president and CEO of the Canadian Women's Foundation. "Her
work is discussed at dinner tables and, more importantly, is driving
Having written extensively on governance, leadership, women in business
and executive compensation, McFarland's pieces have led to the Ontario
Securities Commission developing new guidelines on boardroom diversity.
"I have written about the lack of women in top leadership roles in
business for many years because I felt the topic cries out for broader
public attention," says McFarland. "I've been privileged to meet and
write about many dedicated women and men who are working in different
ways to boost the numbers of women on boards and in senior management
roles. Their work is sparking a slow but profound change in
regulations, practices and attitudes, and I want to commend them for
their commitment and thank them for their support."
The award is named after Michele Landsberg—award-winning Canadian
journalist, author, social activist and feminist—to acknowledge the
tremendous impact she has had as an advocate and role model for women.
McFarland will receive a $5,000 prize from the Canadian Women's
A large number of submissions were considered by the jury, which
included Landsberg along with men and women working in the media.
"It was wonderful to see entries from across the country. From print and
radio and digital, from new names and well-known names on subjects as
diverse as all the issues women face," says Sally Armstrong, the chair of the jury who is also an author, journalist and human
rights activist. "A great beginning for The Landsberg."
The award will be presented at the 17th Annual CJF Awards on June 4 in Toronto at The Fairmont Royal York.
About The Canadian Journalism Foundation
Founded in 1990, The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) is a not-for-profit organization that promotes excellence in
journalism by celebrating outstanding journalistic achievement through
an annual awards program; by organizing events that facilitate dialogue
among journalists, business people, academics and students about the
role of the media in Canadian society; by supporting journalism
websites, J-Source.ca English and ProjetJ.ca (French); and by fostering opportunities for journalism education,
training and research.
About the Canadian Women's Foundation
The Canadian Women's Foundation is Canada's public foundation for women
and girls. We empower women and girls in Canada to move out of
violence, out of poverty and into confidence. Since 1991, we've raised
money and invested in over 1,300 community programs across Canada, and
are now one of the ten largest women's foundations in the world. We
take a positive approach to address root causes of the most critical
issues facing women and girls. We study and share the best ways to
create long-term change and bring community organizations together for
training and to learn from each other. We carefully select and fund the
programs with the strongest outcomes and regularly evaluate their work.
We have a special focus on building a community of women helping other
women. Helping women creates safer families and communities, and a more
prosperous society for all of us. We invest in the strength of women
and the dreams of girls. For more information please visit www.canadianwomen.org.
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