Let’s all take a moment to thank Prime Minister Steve for his assistance in moving Canadian women backwards on the road to gender equality. Tell him how much you appreciate him making your life, the lives of our mothers, sisters and daughters, worse. Tell him we knew he could do it. And tell him we can hardly wait to see what he’ll do to us if he ever gets that sacred majority!
May it never come to fruition!
GENEVA – Canada has slipped a little compared with the rest of the world in providing
gender equality, according to a study by the World Economic Forum released Thursday.
Frank Jordans, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
The annual study ranking 128 countries found Canada had slipped four spots to 18th place
compared with last year.
Nordic countries received the best marks for gender parity in education, employment,
health and politics.
Sweden, which has more women then men holding high public office, topping the list. It
was following in order by Norway, Finland and Iceland.
New Zealand, the Philippines, Germany, Denmark, Ireland, and Spain rounded out the top
The United States finished in 31st spot, down eight places from last year.
Based on a scale in which perfect equality was assigned a score of 1.0, Canada achieved
an overall mark of 0.72.
That included almost perfect marks in the categories of educational attainment (0.999)
and health and survival (0.979).
But it scored lower on economic participation and opportunity (0.74) and much lower
(0.159) on political empowerment, with women making up only 21 per cent of MPs and 23
per cent of cabinet posts in Parliament.