Today is provincial Pay Equity Day, a day to raise awareness about the difference between what men and women earn in Newfoundland and Labrador.
The St. John’s Status of Women’s Council says for every dollar earned by a man in Newfoundland and Labrador, a woman makes 66 cents.
Executive Director Jenny Wright says that’s because more women work part-time and in minimum wage jobs. She says the perception that women seek out part-time and minimum wage jobs is simply not true.
She says child care options are limited, often forcing women to take part-time jobs to accommodate the deficiencies.
Meanwhile, the Chair of Common Front, Aylse Stewart says women account for 60 per cent of Canada Student Loan recipients. She says that, coupled with the current pay gap, childcare costs, and interest rates, women generally take longer to pay off student loans which often cost more.