OTTAWA, March 8, 2013 /CNW/ - Women still face greater barriers to
post-secondary education, decades after first enrolling in large
"International Women's Day is an opportunity to celebrate women's
achievement and reflect on the barriers that women still face today,"
said Jessica McCormick, National Deputy Chairperson of the Canadian
Federation of Students. "High tuition fees and record levels of student
debt, when coupled with the persisting wage gap, impede many qualified
women from attending college or university in Canada."
Despite women's advancement in education, women with a post-secondary
education still only earn 68 per cent of the average annual earnings of
their male peers. Women are also ten per cent less likely to find a
job, ten per cent less likely to work full-time and three times more
likely to work part-time. Women who are able to secure full-time
employment get an average fifteen per cent fewer hours of work a week.
Outstanding student debt owed to the federal government has almost
doubled in the last ten years, from $8 billion in 2001 to $15 billion
in 2011. According to Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, 70
per cent of new jobs require some form of post-secondary education.
"Ensuring affordable college and university education is available to
women is a key factor for advancing women's equality," said McCormick.
"The federal government should be making access to post-secondary
education a priority by taking steps to immediately reduce up front
The Canadian Federation of Students is Canada's largest student
organisation, uniting more that one-half million students in all ten
provinces. The Canadian Federation of Students and its predecessor
organisations have represented students in Canada since 1927.
SOURCE: Canadian Federation of Students
For further information:
Jessica McCormick, National Deputy Chairperson, (613) 232-7394