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Posted by on May 29, 2012 in General News

Economic equality for women still centuries off.

Economic equality for women still centuries off.

According to Kathleen Lahey, Queen’s University law professor, women will not be celebrating Women’s Equality Day until 2593 – 581 years from now.

She hopes her calculation is wrong. Two recessions, have erased many of the gains women made from 1977 to 1993. From 2008 to the end of this fiscal year Ottawa will have spent $168 billion on major changes to tax structure, infrastructure spending programs, and employment insurance programs, all of which give the bulk of benefits to men. The 2012 budget changes to Canada’s Old Age Security and Guaranteed Income Supplement, health-care spending, national private retiring systems, public services and employment will impose the heaviest cuts on women and other vulnerable groups.

Toronto Star May 23, 2012.
Shirley Farlinger