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FFFF: Ariel Sings for Equal Pay

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Disney Princesses sing to raise awareness of the gender pay gap! Pay equity for everyone – men, women and mermaids! Check out this new video from the 2-woman production company Tex Pats.

(h/t The Mary Sue)

Transcript (after the jump): Read more

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Confronting the Equal Pay Myth

by Renee Mitson

Renee is a public relations and social media professional who recently moved from Boston to Toronto. She has a B.A. in Integrated Marketing Communications from Simmons College and a M.A. in Media Production from Ryerson University. She is interested in confronting gender issues in the workplace and creating a strategy for gender equality in the business world.

Many will argue that men and women are paid not only equally, but also fairly. The first point they make is usually that men work longer hours, followed by the fact that women like comfortable positions that don’t involve risk, and then the entire discussion is closed up in a tight little package with the argument that women are busy having babies, and what are men doing that whole time? Right, working.

We can argue till we are blue in the face that women in the SAME POSITION get paid less (such as my friend who got offered 11K less than her fellow graduate and friend for the same position when she had a higher GPA and more experience in a computer engineering position). We can argue that women do not “choose” lower paying jobs, and that last year more women graduated from law school than men. Going by that statistic and the one-sided logic alone, it should only be a matter of months before women are out-earning men, right?

We all know this argument is crap so let’s not insult ourselves by having it. Read more

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Occupy Wall Street Comes to Canada October 15

by Sarah Jensen

Ever get the feeling that at any moment, life as you know it could completely change?  It sometimes feels like civilization could collapse in an instant.  Women are losing access to abortions and the right to control their own bodies; an innocent man may have been murdered by the U.S. Government; social programs are having their budgets cut or removed.  More people are forced to rely on food banks for their next meal and finding a decent, full-time job is becoming next to impossible.  It can be hard to wake up each day when part of you fears that it may be your last before the world starts quickly unravelling.

But at other moments, it feels like the world might be starting to change for the better. Gay Marriage is becoming accepted and legalized in more and more places; women in Saudi Arabia were just given the right to vote.  In New York City, thousands of people have joined together to say that they want something better for themselves, for their country and for the world.

This is a pivotal moment that could change history. This is the moment you’ve been waiting for. This is the rallying cry you’ve been waiting to hear.

Occupy Toronto is an event currently being planned for October 15th; it currently has over 5,000 ‘Likes’ on Facebook.  Occupations are also being planned for Halifax, Montreal, Victoria, Edmonton, Vancouver, Saint John, Winnipeg and Ottawa.  No leader dictates this revolution; it is truly thousands of people coming together to change things for the better.  People of all races, faiths, genders and sexualities are joining together; communicating with, learning from and inspiring each other.

“Granny Peace Brigade” at Occupy Wall Street

Mainstream media has been either ignoring the movement or criticizing it for a lack of clear goals and demands.  The part of the movement that’s being criticized is part of what makes it so beautiful to behold.  Everyone is being given a voice.  Once everyone has spoken and been listened to we can determine what the goals are, and then work together to achieve them. Read more

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Fair Ontario Campaign Aims to Close the Gender Pay Gap

With the Ontario provincial election day looming on October 6, has teamed up with Ontario’s Equal Pay Coalition in a new campaign to end the gender pay gap. From their website:

“As we get ready to head to the polls, candidates aren’t talking about the fact that Ontario has one of the highest gender pay gaps in the world. Women working in Ontario make 29% less than their male peers. The gender pay gap affects all of us, men and women, and this election is the perfect time to start working together again for a fair Ontario.”

FAIR Ontario is pushing provincial election candidates to adopt a plan that’s Funded, Accountable, Integrated, and Real, including funding enforcement through the Pay Equity Commission and Tribunal, restoring the Pay Equity Legal Clinic, increasing the province’s minimum wage, and setting timelines and goals to ensure accountability.

Here’s the campaign video:

What I like most about their website is that they tackle the argument that we can’t afford pay equity head-on:

“Pay equity is not a privilege or a frill. It is the law. The right of those doing “women’s work” to be paid on the same basis as those doing “men’s work” is a fundamental human right of Ontario women which is guaranteed by provincial human rights laws and by international commitments made by Canada to ensure women’s equality in employment.

If you’re in Ontario and want to support the campaign, visit their website and send a message to your candidates for MPP.


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FFFF: Batgirl for Equal Pay

Unfortunately, the not-so-funny punchline is that the Paycheck Fairness Act died in the US Senate this Wednesday. Where are you now, Batgirl?


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Pay Equity: A Recipe for Disaster

My apologies for getting distracted and forgetting to post your Friday Feminist Funny Film, but here’s a belated Sunday offering. This film was made by former colleagues of mine at the Vancouver Public Library to discuss pay equity during the 2007 library strike.


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