The Gender Neutral Approach of the Canadian Forces: Integrating Women into the Military

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The presentation/paper explores the implications of the gender-neutral approach of the Canadian military. We suggest that this gender-neutral approach, rather than mitigating the problem, may be impeding the meaningful integration of women into the military. The presentation/paper begins with a brief history of women in the Canadian Forces, followed by an overview of relevant concepts, such as the gendered organization, equality and equity. It then presents some of the unique challenges facing women in the Canadian Forces and discusses the implications of a gender-neutral military.

Keywords: Gendered Organization, Equality, Equity
Stream: Organisations
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: , Gender Neutral Approach of the Canadian Forces, The

Perley-Ann Friedman

Ph.D. Canadiate, Sprott School of Business, Carleton University
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Dr. Linda Schweitzer

Assistant Professor, Sprott School of Business, Carleton University

Dr. Linda Schweitzer is anAssistant Professor of Organizational Behaviour at
the Sprott School of Business, C arleton University . She holds an MBA and a
BEng from Concordia University . She has been teaching at the Sprott School of
Business for the last 7 years. Her research interests are in the areas of
alternative work arrangements, teams, and organizational development and change,
with particular emphasis on the interaction of people and technology as it
applies to their working lives.

Leanne Karoles

Student, Sprott School of Business, Carleton University

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