In Our Times Tally

● Year in which women legally became “persons” in Canada: 1929
● Year in which Aboriginal people in Canada had the right to vote in federal elections: 1960
● Chance that a Canadian is currently living under the poverty line: 1 in 10
● Chance that a woman with a disability in Canada is: 1 in 4
● Chance that a First Nations, Metis or Inuit woman in Canada is: 1 in 3
● Percentage of Aboriginal children under the age of six in Manitoba who are living in poverty: 70
● International ranking of Canada in the area of overall gender equality: 22
● International ranking of Canada in the area of wage equality between women and men: 35
● Percentage of countries around the world that have a set number of seats designated for women in political assemblies: 35
● Percentage of income of male university graduates earned by a female university graduates in Canada in 1995: 75
● Percentage in 2005: 68
● Year in which the annual median income gap between women and men in Canada was at its lowest: 1998
● Percentage of women in Europe who believe that gender income inequality is a “serious issue”: 76
● Percentage of men in Europe who do: 62
● Additional income made by unionized female workers in the U.S. to that of non-unionized female workers, per hour: $2.95
● Average number of women living an emergency shelter in Canada each day to escape domestic violence: 3,000
● Percentage of all domestic violence incidents in Canada that are ever reported to the police: 22
● Percentage of sexual assaults of girls under the age of 18 in Canada that are: 10
● Ratio by which Aboriginal women in Canada are more likely to be killed by their partner than non-Aboriginal women: 8 to 1
● Estimated number of U.S. military personnel who are raped or sexually assaulted each year: 19,000
● Percentage of these cases that are ever brought to court: 8
● Average annual revenue gained by a sexual trafficker for each girl or women sexually exploited in Canada: $280,000
● Number of women or girls globally who are trafficked for marriage, prostitution or slavery each year: 4 million
● Percentage of union members in Canada who are women: 53
● Percentage of national executive members of the ten largest unions in Canada who are: 40
● Chance that a woman in Canada with children under the age of six is currently working: 7 in 10
● Percentage of 15 year-old girls in Canada who say they “have confidence in themselves”: 14
● Percentage of American teenage girls who wish they were as thin as models in fashion magazines: 48
● Percentage of them who admit to “starving themselves” or “refusing to eat” as a means to lose weight: 31
● Percentage of all work performed by women globally that is through paid employment: 33
● Estimated value of the DeBeers diamond mine being constructed in the Attawapiskat Aboriginal territory: $1 billion
● Estimated annual revenue from the mine once fully operational: $6.7 billion
● Total federal government funding allocated for the Attawapiskat Aboriginal territory since 2006: $90 million
● Total annual federal, provincial and local government program spending per person in Toronto: $24,000
● Total annual federal, provincial and local government program spending per person in Attawapiskat: $11,355
● Annual budget of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada as a percentage of Canada’s GDP: 0.004
● Percentage of Canadians who believe that “Aboriginal peoples receive too much support from Canadian taxpayers”: 64
● Chance that a water system on a Aboriginal Reserve in B.C. is deemed “high risk” by the federal government: 1 in 2
● Years ago in which the Trades and Labour Congress of Canada publicly called for the right of women to vote: 100

Our Times Tally is written by union communications and media consultant Sean Cain (

SOURCES: 1929 – United Kingdom Judicial Committee of the Privy Council; 1960 – Parliament of Canada; 1 in 10, 1 in 4, 1 in 3 – Armine Yalnizyan (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, 2010); 70 – Monica Townson (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, 2009); 22, 35, 35 – World Economic Forum (The Global Gender Gap Report, 2012); 75, 68 – Canadian Labour Congress (2008); 1998 – Statistics Canada; 76, 62 – European Parliament (2012); $2.95 – U.S. Center for Economic Policy and Research (2008); 3,000 – Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics (2009); 22 – Canadian Women’s Foundation; 10 – Statistics Canada (2010); 8 to 1 – Status of Women Canada (Violence Against Women Fact Sheet); 19,000, 8 – U.S. Defense Department; $280,000 – Criminal Intelligence Service Canada (CSIS, Organized Crime and Domestic Trafficking in Persons in Canada); 4 million – New Internationalist Magazine; 53 – Statistics Canada (2010); 40 – Joanie Cameron Pritchett (Guelph University, 2012); 7 in 10 – OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, March 2011); 14 – Public Health Agency of Canada (2008); 48, 31 – Girl Scouts of the USA (November 2009); 33 – United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); $1 billion, $6.7 billion – De Beers Canada website (; $90 million – The Canadian Press (November 20, 2011); $24,000, $11,355 – Olthuis, Kleer and Townshend, LLP, and Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada; 0.004 – World Bank (2012) and Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada; 64 – Ipsos Reid Opinion Poll (January 15, 2013); 1 in 2 – Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada; 100 – Desmond Morton (Working People, 1984).
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