This shouldn’t be news for regular readers of this blog, but on average women in Canada still aren’t paid equally to men. In Ontario the pay gap is 28% and the Equal Pay Coalition of labour and community groups is calling for the provincial government to officially recognize today, April 9, as Equal Pay Day, just as it has been in the U.S., Australia, and many European countries.
As the coalition points out:
Equal Pay Day marks the injustice faced by women and focuses the efforts of governments, legislators employers and others on working together to close the pay gap.
The hope is that with greater awareness and action, the day can be earlier each year until it is no longer needed.
Here’s what you can do to help out:
1. Email Premier Kathleen Wynne to ask her to recognize April 9 as Equal Pay Day. A form email is already set up on the coalition’s website – you just need to enter your info and hit send.
2. Wear red today to show your support and make the point that women are “in the red” in terms of their wages. Whether or not you’re wearing red, take a minute to get some more facts about the pay gap and make a commitment to talking to your friends, relatives, or coworkers about the gap and why it’s important to close it.
3. Tweet using the #EqualPayDay hashtag
4. If you’re feeling particularly motivated, check out the other action ideas the Coalition has put together (.pdf).