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Teacher Newsmagazine Volume 19, Number 2, October 2006

More women than men are getting their BAs

The Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences does an annual audit of the proportion of women in post-secondary education in Canada. Since 2001, they have collected data from Canadian Association of University Teachers and Statistics Canada to measure trends in women’s participation in university level education.

The results show that although more women are now getting degrees than men—61% of first degrees were for women in 2003—women are still under represented at the higher levels and among faculty. Only 42% of doctoral degrees went to women and women make up only 31.7% of university faculty.

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Women still earning less than men

Women’s incomes still lag behind men’s, according to a recent report from Statistics Canada.

"The average earnings of employed women are still substantially lower than those of men, even when they are employed on a full-time basis," Statscan said. For example, in 2003, average earnings in Canada for full-time employed women were $36,500 a year, or 71% of what their male counterparts earned.

Women are much more likely than men to be considered low-income. In 2003, 31% of single women were in that category."

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