Kate McInturff

Kate McInturffKate McInturff is a Senior Researcher at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. Kate is an ongoing contributor to the Alternative Federal Budget and leads CCPA’s initiative on gender equality and public policy: Making Women Count. She received her doctoral degree from the University of British Columbia.

Why Is It So Hard to Close The Gender Wage Gap?

Woman in officeThis post was originally published on the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives’ blog Behind the Numbers.

The wage gap is pretty easy to understand. I do a job. You do a job. I get paid more. You get paid less. Unfair. Especially if you and I have the same training, work the same hours, and perform the same kind of tasks. And yet, the gender wage gap persists, right here in Canada, even when education, occupation, experience, and hours of work are considered. The gap is even bigger for Indigenous women, racialized women, immigrant women, and women with disabilities.

Leaning In and Reaching Out: Paving the Way for the Next Generation of Women Leaders

Young woman in officeSymbols count. They are a powerful force in the slow contest to change attitudes and expectations. When the newly elected liberal government announced they would have equal numbers of women and men in Cabinet, it reset the world of the possible for women in politics in Canada.

Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright tells a story that illustrates this point. When her daughter remarked on the historic nature of Albright’s appointment, Albright’s granddaughter responded, “So what's the big deal about Grandma Maddy having been Secretary of State? Only girls are Secretaries of State.” Which had been true in the course of her young life. Those appointments shaped her view (and that of her peers) of the world of the possible.