Royal Commission On The Status Of Women In Canada, February 16, 1967

February 16, 2012 by staff 

Royal Commission On The Status Of Women In Canada, February 16, 1967, The Royal Commission on the Status of Women was a Canadian Royal Commission that examined the status of women and recommended steps that might be taken by the federal government to ensure equal opportunities with men and women in all aspects of Canadian society. The Commission commenced on 16 February 1967 as an initiative of Primer Minister Lester B. Pearson. Public sessions were conducted the following year to accept public comment for the Commission to consider as it formulated its recommendations. Florence Bird was the Commission’s chair.

The Commission discovered that:

in 1970 only 3.9% of managers were women
although 8 out of 10 provinces had equal-pay laws, women were still paid less than men for doing the same work
two thirds of people that were on welfare were women
In 1970 a report came out with 167 recommendations to ensure that men and women had equal opportunities. Some recommendations were…

“gender” and “marital status” be prohibited as grounds for discrimination by employers
training programs offered by the federal government be made more open to women
the federal government name more women judges to all courts within its jurisdiction
more qualified women from each province be appointed to the Senate as seats became vacant, until a more equitable balance between men and women were achieved
employed women be granted eighteen weeks of unemployment benefits for maternity leave.
Birth control
Day care
As a result, the Commission helped establish an agenda of reform for women’s-rights groups in the 1970′s.

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