When women first joined the workforce they were often directed towards careers that were deemed "appropriate for their sex," far from any leadership positions. They were also paid significantly less than men. We can all agree those times are definitely in the past.
TL;DR Statistics Canada data confirms that men on average still make thousands of dollars more each year than women. Angry tweets from Canadians prove how divided the country is on the issue.
But if you thought the fight for equality was over, you'd be wrong. In fact, things may be a lot worse than they seem. According to Statistics Canada and Global News, men are still paid a lot more than women despite equal education.
Using data from the government agency, Global News discovered, perhaps unsurprisingly, that men with an undergraduate education on average made more in a four-year period than equally successful women. Indeed, despite progress in representation in the Canadian workforce, issues related to unequal pay continue to plague the country.
To put things into perspective, a women on average claimed an income of $41,600 within the first few years of leaving university. Men with the exact same qualifications were making $47,200, according to Global News.
Another release from Statistics Canada shows that while women make on average $37,903 per year across all occupations, men make $55,857.
Needless to say, Canadians have been furious with the issue for quite some time:
This has received mixed responses but I want to share:— Bridget Casey (@moneyaftergrad) November 11, 2018
I am so over offering to pay or split the bill when a man takes me on a date.
In Canada, women earn $0.76 to a man's $1. Until the wage gap is solved I don't think we should be splitting any bills here, sorry not sorry.
Contributing factors to wage gap: women choosing or needing to leave and re-enter the workforce in order to meet family care-giving responsibilities, resulting in a loss of seniority, advancement opportunities and wages— Colleen Mcconnell (@colleenheather1) April 19, 2018
occupational segregation in historically undervalued and low
This Twitter user pointed out that a multitude of factors contribute to the wage gap.
But it seems as though not everyone is convinced that the wage gap is a concern in the country. These are the angry responses to the Global News report.
Or they tend to CHOOSE jobs that just pay less. But don't worry Cdn women. Feminist Trudeau is going to bring "equality", by choosing your careers for you! (You didn't think you had the right, or the mental capacity to choose for yourself, did you?) #JustinFeministSavior— Mrs. ProFreedomIndividualist🐀🍁 (@Cdn_Eliana) December 12, 2018
Want to close the wage gap?— George Dyer (@GDHDyer) December 12, 2018
Change your major from Arm-Dancing Therapy For Feminist SJW’s to say, Electrical Engineering. https://t.co/03Yn3PngbD
For some reason, some people continue to deny the wage gap even exists:
This is obvious propaganda, is it any wonder that it's impossible to trust "scientists" who study this stuff? If you're funded by the government, guess what? You're an employee.— Miguel Atravesar (@MAtravesar) December 12, 2018
But statistics show that the gap exists and even grows throughout Canadians' careers.
Global News shows that the only fields where women make slightly more than men are in the health industry.
While recent legislation from the Trudeau government aimed to close the wage gap, implicit biases and other structural inequalities unfortunately ensure that it will persist in some form. Much work needs to be done.
Hopefully Statistics Canada's data for the 2018 will show at least some progress.