Equal Minds, Equal Educations
In the 1970s, womenâ€™s participation in postsecondaryÂ education increased significantly.Â Women have been earning at least half ofÂ undergraduate degrees awarded in Canada sinceÂ 1980.
This new, although still limited, access toÂ education gave way to the entry of women intoÂ many fields of work where they had seldom beenÂ represented.
However, beyond the initial breakthrough into elite fieldsÂ such as medicine and law, any high-paying professionsÂ are still dominated largely by men. Conversely, most low-income, low job security occupations are still feminisedâ€ť. The Wage Gap although estimates of the difference in average earnings between men and women (â€śwage gapâ€ť) differ by source and methodology, the mostÂ recent data from Statistics Canada shows that women earn 80 cents for every dollar earned by men.
When examined on a full-time, full-yearÂ basis, womenâ€™s gross earnings were $33,774 inÂ 2000, or 71.7% of menâ€™s yearly earnings.
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