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“Of course, the pandemic is hard on everybody, but statistics are showing that more women, proportionately, lost their jobs. Many quit their jobs voluntary because they were needed at home to help their kids with online education. Some economists are calling the coming recession a “she-cession” because there is an impact on women that is disproportionate.”
Larivière points to Statistics Canada data that show 96.6 per cent of men who lost employment during the first COVID-19 lockdown last spring got their jobs back in July when things opened up again, compared with only 93.9 per cent of women.
One of the key demands of the movement is a minimum wage of $15 Canadian per hour.
“Last spring, we were able, collectively, to recognize the importance of female workers who are the majority of low-wage earners,” Larivière said during the press conference. “They were called guardian angels, they were on the front lines — think of orderlies, cashiers in grocery stores and pharmacies, those who stock the shelves — we all realized the importance of those jobs that permit society to function.