Its not a big shock but men are paid more than women in every category within Ontario’s retail sector.
That information has come out from Brock University-led research on the gender wage gap.
Kim Rountree, president of the Barrie Professional Womens Club says awareness of the reality is one thing.
Then comes the issue of making change.
She says sometimes the gender bias may be subconscious.
Some workplaces have taken to blacking out an applicants name and other gender identifying information and doing the hire based on qualifications.
The local group advocates for women of all professions.
Rountree says many women would be classified as “under employed”.
The research found that this is not about a few cheap bosses–its about a system-wide devaluing of women workers.
The Barrie Professional Womens Club is celebrating 70 years in operation in June.
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