Thursday, September 10, 2009

More Women than Men in the Workplace, but We're Still Paid Less

The Toronto Star reports that "it has finally happened." More Canadian women than men were in paid employment during the first half of 2009, according to Statistics Canada.

But does this historic milestone hold any promise for women in their longstanding battle for economic equality?

Women still make up about 70 per cent of part-time workers and 60 per cent of minimum wage earners. Forty per cent are employed in precarious jobs that are generally poorly paid with little or no job security or benefits such as pensions. And the average full-time, full-year female worker still earns just 71.4 cents for every dollar earned by a man working similar hours, according to the latest Statistics Canada data from 2007.

Read the full article here.

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