Girl Guides of Canada recently released results of a research study by Ipsos Reid that surveyed over 1,200 girls and boys in Canada aged 12-18. The survey found that girls are twice as likely as boys to have experienced sexism. Race also has an impact on girls’ concern of gender inequality. 75% of Canadian girls who identify as Asian, Indigenous, or Black agree that gender inequality is a concern, compared to 62% of girls who identify as White.
Gender inequality extends to the workplace as well, with girls ages 12-18 receiving an average of $3.00/hour less than their male counterparts when both genders are working full-time during the summer. When asked to share how inequality impacts their lives, many girls said that the gender wage gap is affecting them now – and they are worried about how it will impact their future, because they’re well aware it’s an issue for adult women.