Women doing more, earning less than men

Women still earn just 63 per cent of men’s after-tax earnings but the gap is closing, according to a new study by Statistics Canada

Since the mid-1980s, the gap has been getting smaller, but women still take home about two-thirds of what men do. Fifteen years ago, women took home about 52 per cent of the average after-tax income of men.

The wage disparity has been leveled by increases in employment benefits and by federal tax policies that offer credits to low-income families, often headed by women.

The Stats Canada study also found In general, women work about 15 minutes more each day than men. That's particularly true for young women (age 15-24), who do about 18 per cent more work than men their age. When unpaid work such as housework is factored in, that gap is even wider.

On the plus side, the study found that women’s share of job-related training, particularly training which is sponsored by employers, is going up.

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