In Our Times Tally

● Rank of Canada in having the largest male to female pay gap in the entire OECD: 5
● Percentage of average male income in Canada earned by women: 75
● Percentage of average unionized male income in Canada earned by unionized women: 93
● Year in which divorce became officially legal in Ireland: 1996
● Number of years in which a couple in Ireland has to be “living separately” for official divorce proceedings to begin: 4
● Percentage of seats in local elections in India that are reserved for women: 33
● Average number of hours of additional sleep that men in India receive each night than women: 2
● Percentage of large corporations in Canada that offer on-site child care services: 19
● Number of Aboriginal women who have gone missing in Canada since 1985: 136
● Percentage of Americans who believe that abortions are “too easily obtained”: 48
● Factor by which violent attacks against lesbian and gay Americans outpaces that of the general population: 8 to 1
● Year in which the British Columbian Ministry of Health removed homosexuality from its list of “mental disorders”: 2005
● Number of times Albertan doctors billed the province between 1995 and 2004 for “treating” gays and lesbians: 1,750
● Percentage of American women who consider themselves feminists: 24
● Percentage of American men who do: 14
● Number of European union confederations that had more women than men as delegates to their most recent convention: 1
● Number of them whose general secretary is female: 2
● Percentage of executive members of the Swedish Confederation for Professional Employees union who are women: 70
● Percentage of executive members of the Polish Solidarity union who are: 6
● Chance that a teenage girl in Britain would “consider plastic surgery to change her appearance”: 1 in 2
● Date on which Senator Nancy Ruth publicly told a meeting of women’s rights groups to “Shut the f–k up”: 05/03/10
● Days after Senator Ruth’s statement that Stephen Harper eliminated government funding for 14 women’s rights groups: 1
● Percentage change in federal funding for women’s rights groups in Canada since 2006: – 43
● Percentage of university students in Saudi Arabia who are women: 70
● Percentage of Saudi Arabia’s workforce who are women: 5
● Number of lashes that a 75 year-old Saudi woman was sentenced to in 2009 for meeting two male friends in her home: 40
● Number of women and children in Canada who seek refuge in women’s shelters each year: 100,000
● Percentage of Canadians working in the financial or business sector who are women: 52
● Estimated number of women forced into marriage each year in Britain: 3,000
● Estimated number of child prostitutes in India: 1.2 million
● Chance that a girl under the age of 15 in the Global South, not including China, is married: 1 in 7
● Factor by which girls aged 10 – 14 are more likely to die giving birth than women aged 20 – 24 in the Global South: 5
● Average number of women in Canada murdered each year by their partners: 178
● Chance that a women in the world today has suffered violence at the hands of their partners: 1 in 3
● Estimated number of women throughout the world murdered each year by family members: 5,000
● Percentage of Americans who say the chief cause of Congresswoman Giffords’ murder attempt was “political rhetoric”: 11
● Rank of Iceland in the World Economic Forum’s gender equality report: 1
● Rank of Canada: 20
● Rank of Canada in the area of “political empowerment”: 36
● Year in which the first woman became a president of a trade union in the United States: 1844
● Number of years ago that the first International Women’s Day was held: 100

Our Times Tally, inspired by Harpers Index, is compiled by freelance writer Sean Cain (www.freelancewrite.org).

SOURCES: 5 – Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Earnings Database; 75, 93 – Canadian Labour Congress (May 2008); 1996, 4 – Irish Family Law Divorce Act (1996); 33 – Women in India: How Free? How Equal? (United Nations); 2 – Indian Central Statistical Organization (Ministry of Statistics and Programme); 19 – World Economic Forum (The Corporate Gender Gap Report, 2010); 136 – Native Women’s Association of Canada (March 2010); 48 – Rasmussen Poll (August 2010); 8 to 1 – Southern Poverty Law Center (Intelligence Report, Winter 2010); 2005, 1,750 – Edmonton Journal (December 2010); 24, 14 – CBS News Poll; 1, 2, 70 – Women in Trade Unions: Making the Difference (European Trade Union Confederation); 6 – www.solidarnosc.org.pl; 1 in 2 – Girlguiding UK (2009); 05/03/10, 1 – CBC.ca (May 2010); – 43 – Toronto Star (May 2010); 70, 5 – The Middle East Media Research Institute (2006); 40 – Amnesty International (December 2010); 100,000 – Beverly Wybrow (Canadian Women’s Foundation); 52 – Statistics Canada (Women in Canada, 2006); 3,000 – British Home Office (2008); 1.2 million – Indian Central Bureau of Investigation (May 2009); 1 in 7 – Population Council (2009); 5 – United Nations Population Fund; 178 – Gerald Caplan (Globe and Mail, July 30, 2010); 1 in 3, 5,000 – United Nations World Conference on Women; 11 – Quinnipiac University Poll (January 2011); 1, 20, 36 – World Economic Forum (The Global Gender Gap Report, 2010); 1844 – Jone Johnson Lewis (Women’s History – About.com); 100 – www.internationalwomensday.com.
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