Women and Unemployment

Publisher:  Ottawa Coalition for Full Employment, Ottawa, Canada
Year Published:  1980
Pages:  6pp   Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX1085

This publication seeks to dispel the myths which circulate among business and government concerning the role of women in the work force. It offers statistics contradicting the presuppositions that women don't need work or they take jobs away from men. In fact, 40 per cent of the female work force support only themselves or dependents; 60 per cent of married female workers supplement their husband's salary.

Women are committed to employment but employers do not show the same enthusiasm. The national unemployment in 1978 for men was 8.4 per cent; it was 9.6 per cent for women. The publication asks, is the government committed to full employment for women? This question is raised and answered with a review of recent legislation (i.e. Bill C-27, Bill C-14). The answer given is No.

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