Obviously, prejudices and stereotypes that have thrived since their early childhood play a significant role. We must then shatter these pre-conceived notions and expose young girls to all the options available to them.
Another reason explaining the choice of women is the fear they have of being injured or risking their health and security. However, the arrival of technology in many sectors has made workplaces safer, secure and efficient.
The wage gap can also influence the choice of young women. According to a 2013 study by the
Institut de la statistique du Québec, the wage gap between men and women working in businesses of 200 employees or more was $4.19. In 2013 with equal levels of skill, professional women earned $34.36 an hour compared to $38.55 an hour for men. In traditionally male occupations, the gap is even larger.
- Rapport de la Stratégie nationale concertée : Pour en finir avec la division sexuelle du travail
- Plan d’action gouvernemental pour l’égalité entre les femmes et les hommes 2011-2015 (Gouvernement du Québec)
- Secrétariat à la condition féminine (Gouvernement du Québec)
- Institut de la statistique du Québec
- Conseil Consultatif Femmes