Time is money, right? But there’s a catch: when you do the math, women’s time doesn’t work out to the same amount of money as men’s.
On average, women in Canada have worked 3.5 months into 2019 to earn what men earned by the end of 2018. That’s why April 9 is Equal Pay Day.
The gender pay gap persists in Canada, meaning that full-time working women earn less than men. And the gap is about more than gender, because it’s worse for women who are racialized, Indigenous, living with a disability, or newcomers to Canada.
Want to take action on Equal Pay Day in Canada?
Here are 5 ways to raise awareness and get involved:
LET AUTO-RESPOND DO THE TALKING: Raise awareness about Equal Pay Day among your personal and professional networks by setting up your email up to auto-respond with the following message and resources on Equal Pay Day:
Hello! I’m observing Equal Pay Day today.
Why? Because, on average, women in Canada have worked until Apr. 9, 2019, to earn what men earned by Dec. 31, 2018. That’s 3.5 months more work.
You know what else? While full-time working women in Canada face a 25% gender pay gap on average, the gap is worse for women who face multiple forms of discrimination. According to Statistics Canada:
Indigenous women face a 35% gender pay gap
Women with disabilities (who work part time and full time) face a 46% gender pay gap
Newcomer women face a 29% gender pay gap
Racialized women face a 33% gender pay gap
I hope you’ll join me by pasting this into your email’s auto-responder or email signature right now.
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