The gender divide in the job market and pay inequality are just some of issues you typically hear about in the news, but there's another matter of inequality currently being discussed:
Female representation in the public space.
The Australian Minister for Women believes there are many "small — but symbolically significant — ways that women are excluded from the public space."
The most prevalent one being the stick figures we use to represent people.
Unless you're staring at the door to woman's bathroom, you probably don't see that many female stick figures. That's why Australia has decided to replace the traditional crosswalk signs with female figures.
The goal is to eventually replace half of the crosswalk in Victoria, Austalia signs so that men and women will be represented equally.
And since Montreal is always willing to undertake crazy projects to prove they are at the forefront of every issue, this is definitely something we should consider.
If you’re a woman living in Canada, you may want to leave Montreal and head to Gatineau. Or even Victoria, B.C., as both cities are demonstrably better for women to live in than Montreal, or any other city in Canada.
According toa report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, dubbed “The Best and Worst Places to be a Woman in Canada 2017,” some Canadian cities don’t exactly favour the female sex.
Assessing the differences in opportunity between men and women in Canada’s 25 largest cities, the report ranks each metropolis from worst to best, as the title would suggest.
Factors such as economic security, education, health resources, and women in positions of political power and leadership were used to grant scores to each city.
Victoria, B.C. came out with the #1 top spot, with Gatineau, QC a close second. Windor, ON, came dead last, largely due to major differences in employment between men and women, making it the place to avoid if you’re a woman in Canada.
Montreal did OK overall, achieving a mid-level rank of 15.
Out of the scoring categories, Montreal performed modestly, save for education and employment, where our fair city did fairly well.
The study says that, on average, women’s wages are higher than that of men in Montreal. Compared to the national average, women make higher wages in Montreal whereas men make a bit less.
That doesn’t mean women make more money than men in Montreal. While Montreal women enjoy a “smaller than average wage gap” than most Canadian females, women in Montreal still only earn 79% of what men do, overall.
But again, that is a better figure than other cities in Canada.
When it comes to education, however, women perform better than men across the board.
Women living in Montreal are more likely to complete high school, CEGEP, or college, says the report. And women are just as likely as men to have completed a university degree, something not quite seen in other Canadian cities.
Cities in Quebec actually do more for women than the rest of Canada, for the most part. Quebec City received a place in the top ten, at #6.
This is especially true when it comes to wages and employment, says the report. But that’s in the public sector. When it comes to the private sector, both Montreal and Quebec City are at “the bottom of the ranks.”
So where should you be living in Canada if you’re a woman? Well, wherever you want, really. But if you want to take the findings of this report into account, check out the full ranking of cities below.
1. Victoria 2. Gatineau 3. Hamilton 4. Kingston 5. Vancouver 6. Québec City 7. St. John’s 8. Sherbrooke 9. Halifax 10. Toronto 11. Ottawa 12. London 13. Kelowna 14. Abbotsford-Mission 15. Montréal 16. St. Catharines-Niagara 17. Winnipeg 18. Edmonton 19. Saskatoon 20. Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo 21. Regina 22. Calgary 23. Barrie 24. Oshawa 25. Windsor
The post encouraged more women to put up photos of themselves with their "male allies" with the hashtag #TomorrowInHand. The only problem is that since it's International Women's Day, some people are accusing her taking focus away from women.
People go viral almost everyday on social media, but it's not always for the right reasons. Sometimes people go viral for pulling pranks, fighting, making a meme, hating on others, and so much more. However, this 16 year old Montreal girl is going viral for all the right reason!
Olivia Fusco attends Laurier Macdonald High School and made this incredible video to empower women to feel beautiful and embrace who they are. She made this video for her sec. 5 IB personal project and she truly deserves a mark of 100%! I was personally touched and inspired as a former IB student and I understand first hand all the effort she put into her masterpiece.
Many other people have been making these new poetry slam videos about gender, equality, and feminism that have also gone viral, but this one truly stood out. Most of the time we feel a disconnect with the people in the video, but this time it was different. This time it was from a voice of our city. Not only is Miss Fusco an intelligent teenager, but she also has incredible courage and represents all the right things that should go viral on social media.
She had over 10 thousand views in less than 24 hours and the number keeps growing! She is spreading positivity and her high school could not be more proud! She is even getting recognition from high schools all across Montreal on her amazing project.
The video was originally posted on YouTube, but it went VIRAL on Facebook! In total, she has over 10,000 likes and support from her family, friends, and all of Montreal! She is truly extraordinary and now it's time to hear her voice and see what she has to say on behalf of young women.
You don't have to be a CEO or drive an expensive car to be a girl boss. Sometimes, you go on with your life without even realizing how much of a boss lady you are. But hey! This is why I'm here. I want to help you realize how much power and potential you have within yourself without even being conscious of it. Hopefully, this article will help you feel really proud of yourself and motivate you to go kick some more ass. Here's how you know that you're a real boss girl:
No #squadgoals either. Your friends are busy building their careers and families. Going out every weekend is not in your plans. You have actual priorities and getting drunk regularly is not one of them.
Yes, you have occasional cheat days, but you genuinely enjoy being healthy. Taking care of your body and mind is so rewarding... you're at a point of your life when being healthy is more important to you than pretty much anything else.
You radiate positivity. Being judgemental, superficial and/or narcissistic is not part of your life. You love being good to people around you and you know that, one way or another, good deeds will come back to you.
You never do anything you don't want to do. If all your friends are going out and you just want to stay in and watch movies, you have no problem telling them to enjoy their night without you. No FOMO zone.