This is according to the World Economic Forum. And since we have working women in Sooke, and since we have men in Sooke who support gender equality, we at SPN took it to a vote and decided (it was unanimous) to share this news. Mothers, this means your great-granddaughter (or your great-great-granddaughter, depending on your rate of procreation) may expect a wage equal to your great-grandson (or great-great-grandson).
The following article comes from CBC News, and a link to the original article is provided in the Resources below.
Stubborn pay gap for women persists worldwide
Canadian women outstrip men on education, but average wage is 82% of men’s
More than a quarter of a billion women have entered the workforce in the past 10 years, but progress on closing the gap has stalled, with their pay rising by just three per cent in that period, the forum said in its study of the global gender pay gap.
Women are only now earning the amount that men did in 2006, a global average of $11,000 US, compared with $20,500 US for men.
Canada far down ranking
The WEC left Canada out of the top 10 in its global ranking of equality of the sexes — our country comes in at No. 19 — in part because of a very low score over the numbers of women in legislatures and in managerial positions.
The World Economic Forum found that women comprise only 36 per cent of legislators, senior officials and managers in Canada, though data was collected before Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appointed a cabinet that was half female.
It also points to the persistence of the wage gap for women, whose average earnings are 82 per cent of men’s earnings. In similar jobs, women earn about 72 per cent of what men earn, the WEF report found.
This gap persists despite very good access to education, with 34 per cent more women than men going on to post-secondary education.
Canada comes in ahead of the United States, which is ranked No. 20, but behind countries such as Iceland, Norway and Finland who come in the top of the rankings.
Board diversity in Canada
That news comes a day after the Canadian Board Diversity Council found that 19.5 per cent of corporate board members of Canada’s 500 largest companies are women.[sam id=”15″ codes=”true”]That number is a 2.4-percentage point improvement from 2014 and may indicate that the “comply-and-explain” policies adopted by securities regulators to encourage more diverse boards may be having a difference.
“If this pace of change continues, we will see gender parity at the board level in 13 years, in 2028,” Pamela Jeffery, founder of the CBDC, said in her analysis.
Jeffery said diversity on boards of directors helps make company stronger, by providing unique points of view and improving competitiveness.
“It is embarrassing when you think that we’re competing globally against companies who have the benefit of diverse teams. Research shows that diverse teams drive better financial performance,” Jeffery said in an interview with CBC’s The Exchange.
Too many board seats are filled by men looking across the table and asking their colleagues, ‘Who do you know?’ she said.
Jeffery expressed concern that only half of Canada’s 500 largest companies have a plan in place to improve the diversity of their boards. And 109 of those 500 companies have no women on their boards, she said.
- Original CBC article
- Women on boards: Half of companies have them, but they’re slow to recruit more
- OSC ‘comply and explain’ plan for women on boards draws praise
- Secret Status of Women report paints grim picture for Canada