Today we acknowledge Equal Pay Day in Ontario to raise awareness of the gender wage gap. For those unaware, Equal Pay Day symbolizes how far into the next year women must work to earn what a man earned in the previous year.
It is important that we bring attention to the unacceptable factors that contribute to the gender wage gap, including unaffordable child care, discrimination in hiring, a lack of access to full time employment and the undervaluing of work traditionally done by women.
With women making up the majority of our membership, we are very aware of the inequality that still exists in this country. Together, we continue to strive for a working world that is free from all forms of discrimination and will not stop until equality is achieved for all.
Through hard work and determination, we will get there!