by Margaret Wente
Did you know that women’s human rights in Canada have been steadily eroding? Did you know that women now make only 70.5 cents for every dollar made by men? Did you know that Canada ranks 25th on the World Economic Forum’s Gender Gap Index? That’s below Ecuador, Mongolia, Lesotho and South Africa.
“Canadian women have lost ground in many areas in the past 15 years,” says Barbara Byers, executive vice-president of the Canadian Labour Congress. Since 1981, the wage gap has grown much worse, says Kathy Lahey, a professor of law and gender studies at Queen’s University; “deep, cultural” forces, she warns, are operating against women.