Women in Canada, including right here in Regina, are the ones who always pick up the slack – to provide care, to carry the mental load, to know what’s needed and to get it done.
Here are some things we knew were true before the pandemic started:
Women make 32 percent less than men;
Racialized women make 40 percent less than white men born in Canada;
For Indigenous women, the gap is 45 percent;
For immigrant women, it's 55 percent; and
For women with a disability, it’s 56 percent.
But unfair wages are just one of the problems.
Most of the workers in Saskatchewan taking care of the elderly, children, and people with disabilities are women. A higher proportion of women also lost their jobs in the pandemic because they work in sectors and industries hardest hit by isolation measures.
More women have been diagnosed with COVID-19 than men and, tragically, more women have died as well. This pandemic is devastating a generation of working women and no one is lifting a finger to stop it.
You can choose to challenge a system that is doing nothing to help women by pledging your support to the women in your life. Click here.
Regina & District Labour Council