Gender pay gap deniers come out in droves on, telling us that it’s all just a big myth.
If it’s illegal in Canada to pay women less than men, the argument goes, then the gender pay gap can’t be real.
We wish it were that simple.
Argument: In Canada, it’s illegal to pay women less than men. So the gender pay gap is a myth.
- Canada’s does prohibit gender discrimination in pay.
- Statistics Canada data shows a gender pay gap still exists:
- On average, women working full time, full year earn earned by men. That’s a 25 per cent gender pay gap.
- The gap is wider than 25 per cent for women who face , including Indigenous women, women with disabilities, newcomer women, and racialized women.
Argument: The only reason the gender pay gap exists is because of women’s personal choices.
- Because of systemic discrimination:
- An estimated is due to gender-based discrimination.
- Discrimination based on gender, race, sexual orientation, and/or disability can happen in pay, recruitment, and access to career-building connections and mentorship. It’s especially bad .
- It doesn’t always happen on purpose: mean that we may not even be aware of prejudices that shape our decisions.
- Because means women do more caregiving and have more household responsibilities that add to the gender pay gap. Men are . Plus, their pay drops when they come back to work: those aged 25 to 38 in the five years after having a child.
- Because women make up the . They : lack of affordable childcare, family leave policies, and pressure to take care of everything at home.
- Because “women’s work” than “men’s work.” What women do outside the home can look like what they do at home and, somehow, they’re expected to do it for little or no money. When women make up a large percentage of a specific industry, .
- Because women face barriers in many higher-paying fields. For example, the happens when women join male-dominated industries and then feel pushed out because of the culture.
Argument: Women choose not to go into higher-paying industries and positions, so this gap is actually their fault.
- The gap persists in higher paying industries. In Ontario, there’s a significant gap between what men and women earn . Men in “trades, transportation and equipment operator” fields than women in the same field.
- Even women CEOs are paid than men CEOs.
- Women have and still make less than men on average.
Argument: Women choose to structure their careers around having children so, again, the pay gap is actually their fault.
- Even make 10 per cent less than men.
- Canada doesn’t have universal affordable and accessible childcare, so many women
- There’s a and a .
- Men and women aged 25 to 54 per day, but women spend an average of on unpaid labour than men.
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