Landing that first summer job is an exciting rite of passage for many teenagers. Unfortunately, new research shows that teen girls aren’t just receiving real-world experience and their first paycheques — they’re also getting firsthand experience with the gender wage gap and the importance of equal pay for women. According to a 2019 report from Girl Guides of Canada, girls receive on average $3.00 less per hour than boys at their summer jobs.
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Whether it was for your little brother or the neighbour's kids, caregiver is the first job for many teen girls. Unfortunately, it’s also the place where the wage gap widens the furthest. Girls who worked informally for family, friends or neighbours doing work such as babysitting earned a whopping $6.31 less per hour than boys.
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“We can be intentional about developing girls’ skills and capacity for future employment and addressing the barriers they face at early ages,” the report says. “To do this, all of us — including parents and employers — have a critical role to play in ensuring that girls are empowered in the workplace.”
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