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.
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 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
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.
Explore all the data from Statistics Canada here and here.
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.