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Women's Economic Inequality

Women's contributions are essential to the functioning of the economy. However, because women's contributions are not valued in the same way as men's, women consistently find themselves at a lower economic status than men. Women make up the majority of poor people in Canada and 70% of the world's 1.5 billion people living in absolute poverty. As the Beijing Platform for Action sums up:

Women contribute significantly to economic life everywhere. However, women are largely excluded from economic decision-making. They face low wages, poor working conditions and limited employment and professional opportunities…[and] their unpaid work is not measured… and not valued in national accounts.

- Beijing Platform for Action, 1995

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    "Woman must have a purse of her own."

    Susan B. Anthony, 1853.

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