Economic equality for women is centuries away, professor says

Given the glacial pace of economic change for women in Canada, they should not expect to enjoy real equality for another six centuries, a Queen’s University law professor says.

Taking into account a number of factors from 1997 until present time, Kathleen Lahey has determined that women will not be celebrating Women’s Equality Day until 2593 — or 581 years from now.

“Because women do over half the unpaid work in Canada and do nearly half of the paid work in Canada, economic parity is a long way away. And the rate of change has been virtually non-existent since 1997,” Lahey said Tuesday.

“It’s not good,” she said, adding that she hopes the calculation in her study proves to be wrong.

Read the full story in The Toronto Star.


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