I watched the Oscars last Sunday night, something of a tradition in our home where we love movies. These events are often pretty staid and proper so it is always a bit of fun when actors shake things up during their acceptance speech. Patricia Arquette was the highlight for me that night. “To every woman who gave birth to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation – we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights. It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America.”
Wow, take that USA and the world! I loved it! You go girl! The sad reality is that according to the most recent Stats Canada data, Ontario has a 26% wage gap for full time workers. For every $1 a male worker makes, a female makes 74 cents; it is estimated that 10-15% of this is due to discrimination!
Also, according to Stats Canada, working mothers earn between 12 and 20% less than women without kids – shame on you business. This inequality helped Canada fall behind Portugal, Estonia, Slovenia and 15 other countries in terms of conditions that make a country a good place to be a mother – ranking 19th out of 43 countries.
It’s a shame that it take celebrities to get our attention on these types of subjects. But I always say that change starts with awareness. So thank you Patricia Arquette for drawing attention to this hugely unfair imbalance. Canada – take a look at yourself – what are your values? Freedom, equality, fairness? Really, then let’s start acting that way. And Corporate and small business Canada, do your part to lead the way for true equality for all.