Using rigorous research to change the conversation on gender equality


Today is Canada's Equal Pay Day: this represents the extra months in the year women must work to have their wages catch up to those men earned in the previous year. There are lots of ways to calculate the wage gap but, according to Statistics Canada, in 2019 women made 71% of what men make annually. Importantly, the gender pay gap is more significant for those who face multiple barriers, including racialized women, immigrant women, Indigenous women, women with disabilities, and trans and non-binary people. Despite being a leader in Pay Equity legislation, Canada has the eighth-worst gender pay gap among OECD countries. 
Most people think that the wage gap is all about unequal pay for equal work. But it is not. While that exists—and we often see big headlines about dramatic cases—the wage gap is mainly driven by other factors. And, busting that myth will take us a long way to achieving real progress. The gender pay gap is actually a gender promotion and leadership gap. It’s a caregiving gap. It’s an access to good jobs gap. In our research brief, we summarize the latest insights into this persistent gap and why efforts to address pay equity and pay transparency have failed to yield results.
At GATE, we focus on the structural barriers that are underpinning the wage gap, including the motherhood penalty and job segregation. A whole host of factors conspire to segregate women into occupational fields (such as childcare and retail) or the internal, administrative, non-revenue-producing roles that pay less. I recommend you watch GATE Faculty Research Fellow Dionne Pohler talk about her research on the sources of the gender wage gap and potential policy solutions. 

Closing the gender wage gap is vital to economic recovery as we emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic. We are making great strides with federal and provincial governments investing in affordable childcare, but we still have a long way to go. At GATE, we are committed to using research to tackle the root causes of the gender wage gap. You can keep up with us on Twitter and LinkedIn for resources and the latest gender-based insights.

In solidarity, 

Sarah Kaplan, Director
Institute for Gender and the Economy (GATE) 

P.S We’ve got an excellent lineup for you of virtual events about addressing biases, including the one happening today with Author Jessica Nordell on her book 'The End of Bias: A Beginning'

 Insights: Myth busting the wage gap

Explainer:  The Gender Wage Gap 
Although the gender wage gap has been documented for decades, and despite policy initiatives aimed at addressing the issue, little progress has been made. Check out a curated collection of our best research, resources, and insights on the gender wage gap.
The Motherhood Penalty
How does the pay gap impact working mothers? GATE Director Sarah Kaplan writes this op-ed to explain why women pay a price for seeking more flexible jobs after having children and how good legislation won’t solve the problem – we need to look at cultural changes too.
Policy Brief: Women, investing and retirement
The gender pay gap can have lasting consequences as women retire with only 80% of the savings that men retire with, creating financial disadvantages across the course of women’s lives. Policy and structural changes are needed to mitigate women’s economic marginalization.

 Multimedia: What's new(s) ?

Meet a Fellow: Dionne Pohler on the gender wage gap and what we're missing 
GATE Faculty Research Fellow Dionne Pohler examines the origins of the gender wage gap and explains why she thinks a basic income guarantee could be one solution of many.
International Women's Month: Closing the Economic Gender Gap
GATE Director Sarah Kaplan joins The Oxford Policy Pod to discuss the economic challenges and opportunities women face across the world and how the pandemic has increased the gender wage gap. 

 Events: New and recapped

Jessica Nordell on 'The End of Bias: A Beginning'
How can we eradicate the effects of unintentional bias and discrimination in fields like medicine, education, policing, and beyond? Author Jessica Nordell joins us to discuss her book 'The End of Bias: A Beginning'. | April 12, 2022
Your Computer is On Fire 
How do we dismantle biases that are built into technology? To answer this question, we’ll be convening a panel of authors from the book 'Your Computer is on Fire'. | May 17, 2022
Anna Gifty on 'The Black Agenda: Bold Solutions For a Broken System
Join us as we explore groundbreaking ideas ranging from Black maternal health, reparations, AI bias, and inclusive economic policies and how they have the potential to uplift and heal not only Black America, but the entire country.  | June 7, 2022

Event Recap: Feminist City 3.0
We hosted a panel of experts to discuss how we can apply a gender and equity lens to economic recovery in our cities and key issues  that the pandemic has highlighted.
Event Recap: Shattering the Barriers That Still Hold Women Back at Work
We were joined by Colleen Ammerman and Boris Groysberg to discuss why we haven't made more progress in tackling the gender gaps at work.


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