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Monday, March 10, 2014

How Far Have We Come, Really?


“Of all the evils for which man has made himself responsible, none is so degrading, so shocking or so brutal as his abuse of the better half of humanity; the female sex.” – Mahatma Ghandi


When I tell my two children, boys aged 9 and 7, that there was a time when women couldn’t vote – they look at me like I have grown a second head. Some people would say that is a good thing – but I disagree.

Don’t get me wrong. I am thrilled that my kids think women should be able to vote; however, there are many key injustices that women still face today that are just as incredulous and yet are not at the forefront of public discussions.
I hope I get to see the day when the following statements will seem just as incredulous.

There was a time when:

1. Only 4.6% of the CEOs of the top companies were women and they were paid far less than their male counterparts.
2. Only 4 female directors were nominated for an academy award.
3. The movie industry would not make movies with female leads for female audiences because they didn’t think anybody would watch them.
4. Half of all murder victims in Canada were killed by a former or current intimate partner.
5. A women who was elected President of a University Student Union was subjected to jokes about rape on social media – just because she won.
6. Women earned 77 cents for every dollar a man earned.
7. Eighty percent of eighth-grade girls said they are on diets.
8. Women made up 70% of the workforce but there was no National Daycare or Flextime provided for women to manage both child-rearing and work obligations.
9. Women from dual-income households spent twice as many hours on childcare as their male partners
10. Women from dual-income households spent 1.5 times as many hours doing domestic chores than their male counterparts.

“I do not wish them [women] to have power over men; but over themselves.”
― Mary Wollstonecraft

Please share with us which statement you would like to see changed.

Jennifer Thomas
Marketing Director
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada

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