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Saturday, March 05, 2005

There's a reason there's no International Men's Day...

Today is International Women's Day, something I was not aware of until I read the paper this morning. While reading a story on the subject, I was shocked by some of the statistics cited below. But having said that, when it comes to economic-discrepancies, it's really not all that suprising when you consider that most of today's business leaders are still conservative, sexist, white, male from the Baby Boom generation. And I've seen and heard many of their attitudes towards women first hand.
Issues of voilence are obviously more serious and complex, but if there's any silver lining in all this, it's that the Baby Boomers are set to retire over the next 10 years and its then that I think women can expect some real equality in the workforce.
But in the meantime, consider this:

25% of Ontario women experience spousal assault at least once in their lifetime.1

Only 27% of spousal assaults perpetrated against women are reported to police.5

56% of women entering shelters are admitted with their children. Over two-thirds of those children are under the age of ten.6

InCanada women's total incomes are 61% of men's.

In full-time, full-year work, women earn 72% of what mean earn ('98)

1 in 5 women in Canada live in poverty.

56% of single parent women are poor.

In the 1997 - 1998 academic year, 55% of all full-time university students were women, up from 37% in 1972 - 1973. (that blew my mind, only 37 per cent in 73!)

Women represented 49% of the victims of all violent crime reported to police.

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