In Canada, women hold only 35.7% of managerial positions across all sectors.

35.7%

YWW believes that women in all fields of work should be paid the same salary as men, should work in an environment without fear of harassment, and have should have equal opportunities to advance in their careers. We provide young women of all backgrounds an online network of mentors, peers, and educators, who together provide the education, skill development, and community that will empower women to overcome workplace obstacles advocate for positive social change.

53% of Canadian women have experienced “unwanted sexual pressure” in the workplace.

53%

Sexual Harassment at Work

This past year has been full of positive advancements for many women. Women across the world have been breaking the silence on sexual harassment and assault through the #metoo movement. The pervasiveness of these issues has been demonstrated as women across multiple sectors of work continue to speak up, from Hollywood celebrities, to domestic workers, to politicians on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Justice that has long been denied to women through the judicial system is now being demanded through social media activism. As the reality of women’s Workplaces and employers are being forced to respond by implementing training and increasing intolerance for inappropriate sexual behaviour. However, while the #metoo movement has provided the impetus for many important social and organizational changes and provided legal justice for some women, it has also exposed the extent to which gender inequity exists throughout society and the multi-layered barriers women continue to face to access the same rights as their male counterparts.

  • According to a 2014 poll, 43% of women in Canada have been sexually harassed in their workplace. Women were also more than twice as likely as men to say they had experienced unwanted sexual contact while at work (20% compared to 9%).  Learn more >
  • Women often do not speak up about sexual assault or harassment is because the abuser is in a position of authority in their workplace, school, sports team, family, or community. Women may be afraid they won’t be believed and that the voices of men with status will be believed over theirs. Many fear that speaking up will jeopardize their goals, career or reputation. Learn more >
  • Women are often not aware of the grievance procedures that are available for incidences of workplace harassment (2017, Gov Canada survey results)
  • According to the latest abacus data survey (Nov. 2017) 53% of Canadian women have experienced “unwanted sexual pressure” in the workplace.

Women working full-time, year round, continue to earn on average 28.7 percent less than men.

Pay Equity

In Canada, no matter how you calculate it, women are still being paid less than men for work of equal value. There are three primary ways to calculate the gap which will each result in a different measurement, but will all nonetheless reveal a gap.

  • Despite more women attaining higher levels of education, a pay gap remains for female university, college and high school graduates alike. Irrespective of educational attainment, women working full-time, year round, continue to earn on average 28.7 % less than men.
  • Out of 34 countries in the OECD, Canada had the 7th highest gender wage gap in 2014. (Women’s foundation).
  • Women working full-time, full-year in Canada bring home 25% less on average than their male peers. (Policy Alternatives, Public sectorpay gap, 4).
  • Women are hired at lower starting salaries and experience slower rates of promotion.
  • The occupations that are female dominated tend to have lower rates of pay than do the occupations that are male dominated.
  • Annual Earnings: calculates salary of both full time and part time workers (and part year, contract workers). According to this metric women make $0.66 for every dollar men make. (source).
  • Annual Earnings for full time workers: Compares the annual earnings of full time full year workers for people aged 25-54. According to this metric, women make $0.74 to every dollar men make. (based on 2014 census data. Statistics Canada March 8, 2017 source)
  • Hourly Wages: This measures the hourly wages of full time workers and only reflects the price of labour (without considering access to work, and part time work). According to this metric, women make $0.88 to every dollar men make. (based on 2014 census data. Statistics Canada March 8, 2017 source)

40%

Racialized women make 40 percent less than white men born in Canada

45%

Indigenous women make 45 percent less than white men born in Canada

55%

Immigrant women make 40 percent less than white men born in Canada

56%

Women with a disability make 56 percent less than white men born in Canada

Women in Leadership

35.7%

Women only hold 35.7% of managerial positions across all sectors.

3%

Only 3% of women lead Canada’s largest 100 corporations

15.9%

Women occupy just 15.9% of corporate board positions.

YWW addresses these issues by:

Educating women about the root causes of gender discrimination in the workplace.

Equipping women with practical skills to help them overcome barriers

Connecting women to mentors in their field of work or study

Creating a community where women can share their experiences with one another advocate for each other in solidarity

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