Author: Morgan Radbourne
Morgan Radbourne is the Public Engagement intern at the Canadian Women’s Foundation. She has a BA in psychology from The University of British Columbia, and studied professional writing and communications at Humber College. She is passionate about advocating for social justice and adores her golden retriever, Duke.
At the end of this academic year, graduates’ names will be called in alphabetical order as they waltz across a stage. They will shake hands with a university dean, move the tassel on their cap from one side to the other, and pose for their parents’ cameras.
For decades, graduation ceremonies have been carried out in relatively the same way. But one significant change has occurred. The proportion of women graduates now surpasses that of men. According to 2012 data, 58% of all post-secondary graduates are women.
For some low-income families, sending kids back to school can break the bank.
Right now, school hallways are probably the cleanest they’ll be all year, but soon the floors will soon be scuffed by the soles of new running shoes and littered with discarded lunches.
Between new books, knapsacks and after-school care, heading back to school is expensive. For single women who are raising children, the cost of a new school year can hit especially hard. About 1 in 5 single mothers in Canada are living on a low income. In 2011, the median annual income for single mothers with children under 6 was $21,200. With little money left after paying for food and rent, many moms are forced to turn down their children’s request for dance lessons and the tech gadgets their friends have.
“If you don’t come home now and make me lunch, you’ll be in big trouble.”
Imagine getting a message like this from your partner in the middle of your work day. And knowing that the threat is real.
It’s a sad reality for women who are experiencing domestic violence that abuse can carry over into the workplace, threatening their job security and financial independence.
A recent Canadian survey on domestic violence and the workplace conducted by The Canadian Labour Congress and The University of Western Ontario indicated that a third of respondents had experienced domestic violence at some point in their lives. Of those respondents, more than half said domestic violence followed them to work, compromising their safety and job security at least once.
Dressed in khaki jumpsuits and wielding replica proton packs, a group of Ghostbusters super fans have spent the last decade raising money for various causes.
For Brily Lepine, one of the costuming group’s co-presidents, the decision to support women and girls across the country was a no-brainer. Although the film reboot has received hateful and sexist backlash, The Ontario Ghostbusters are committed to using the movie’s momentum to do something good.