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October 16, 2021

Despite recent gains, women still feel overworked and underpaid: report

Ninety-three per cent of Canadian women business leaders feel they're paid less than their male counterparts and that image has more to do with their possible advancement compared to men, according to a new Randstad Canada survey.

Despite any recent gains, more than three quarters (77 per cent) believe women still need to work harder and put in longer hours than men to prove themselves, particularly in management and executive roles.

And while there's always lots of talk about family-friendly workplaces, 49 per cent feel that employers are increasingly leery of family-related absences among women employees and this has a significant impact on their advancement.


Two thirds (65 per cent) of all respondents feel women make better leaders than men, thanks largely to better communication skills, empathy, and flexibility -- all of which translate into an enhanced understanding of employees’ needs and organizational talents.

But, it seems, too many companies don't agree, preferring instead to simply redesign the old model and reglaze the glass ceiling.

"There are still vast differences in the way women are treated in corporate Canada, and it isn't just about compensation and access to the corner office. Less measurable, but no less important factors restricting advancement and being provided chances to make business critical decisions are at play," maintains Gina Ibghy, Chief People Officer, Randstad Canada.

To combat this executive Mia Peason argues women need to feel more comfortable talking about their accomplishments and getting out there in a much more visible way, particularly when it comes to social media. 


Have you been held back because you're a woman? If you've been working for awhile, are things better than they once were?

By Gordon Powers, MSN Money



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A long-time fund company executive, Gordon Powers now heads up the Affinity Group, a financial services consulting firm. Gordon was a personal finance columnist for the Globe & Mail for many years, has taught retirement planning...