Mayor of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce and Canadian councillor, Sue Montgomery talks to Pippa Hudson about her novel scarf which shows the ratio of men to women talking in meetings.
Montgomery likes to knit in council meetings saying it helps her concentrate and decided to use her hobby to reflect the disparity of the amount men and women talk.
She decided to knit in red yarn when men spoke and green yarn when women spoke.
So far, almost 80% of the scarf is red!
She posted pictures of her scarf on Twitter and has had a mixed response.
I knit in city council because it helps me concentrate. Tonight I decided to knit in red when men spoke; green for women. Day 1 results. #reclaiminghertime #women power #listen pic.twitter.com/2nc65UB8GZ— suemontgomery (@MontgomerySue) May 14, 2019
The councillors are almost evenly represented in terms of gender.
It is made up of 31 women and 34 men, and the mayor is a woman but some men, not all, drone on and own and just seem to love the sound of their own voice.— Sue Montgomery, Mayor - Notre-Dame-de-Grâce
Not all the men are offenders but there are a handful of men who take up a lot of space, she says.
She says she has had support from the women in council, but also the younger men who are more aware of the behaviour and are educated about taking up too much space.
The men that are offended are from a different generation.— Sue Montgomery, Mayor - Notre-Dame-de-Grâce
She says speaking time is limited but these men feel like they need to fill the entire allocated time.
I think it's inconsiderate and unprofessional. Just make your point and sit down. It astonishes me that they need to hear the sound of their own voice.— Sue Montgomery, Mayor - Notre-Dame-de-Grâce
She plans to knit until Christmas and hopes the proportions of green to red will change.
Montgomery will then auction the scarf in support of an organsation that promotes the empowerment of women.
Listen to her describing her novel experiment below: