Myths and Facts About Women


1. When most women have children, they quit work and do not re-enter the job market at least until their children are in school

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2. Almost half of all marriages end in divorce.

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3. 8 out of 10 single-parent families are headed by women.

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4. A young woman today can expect to spend an average of 15 years in the paid labour force.

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5. In over half of Canadian families, both the husband and wife work outside the home.

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6. Even when they are employed, women maintain primary responsibility for household work.

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7. Women spend more time taking care of children than they spend caring for an elderly parent.

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8. 20% of women employed part-time want full-time work.

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9. 50% of Canadian women have poor body image.

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10. 88% of all spousal violence victims were women.

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11. Women and men report similar levels of personal stress.

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12. Half of all caregivers for elderly parents are female.

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13. Women still make only 74 cents for every dollar made by a man.

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14. The percentage of women receiving all university degrees is increasing.

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15. Women and men receive a comparable number of higher degrees.

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16. Most women continue to work in traditionally female-dominated occupations.

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17. The wage gap is shrinking for professional women

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