Letter to the Editor by Elaine MacDonald – International Women’s Day, 2011: A Call to Action

Letter to the Editor by Elaine MacDonald – International Women’s Day, 2011: A Call to Action

Strikes and demonstrations among textile workers in 1911 marked the beginning of the labour movement’s call for women’s right to work, vote, hold office and end discrimination. At the 100-year mark, women around the world and in Canada in particular, celebrate considerable progress. For example, at work and in politics, whereas women were totally excluded in the past, today they only experience a measure of limitation. However, at the end of the day, we continue to rally for those same benefits as those early textile workers, but in fuller measure.

Having won the right to work, women’s still experience a gender pay gap of 70.5% and, in spite of having won the right to vote and hold office, women hold only 22% of elected positions at all levels of government in Canada.

On this hundredth anniversary of a century of progress, women are working longer hours outside the home and shouldering a disproportionate share of unpaid labour and domestic work for their families. In addition, women today have fewer children than in the past and stay out of the work force for shorter terms with their pre-school children, and in spite of all this effort to supplement the family income, their hard-earned second paycheck only serves to maintain what one paycheck achieved in the past. All workers are losing ground, but women to a greater extent than men.

This situation report isn’t a complaint: it’s a call to action. Governments continue to fail to address key issues such as elder care and childcare that severely and negatively women’s participation in the workforce. While the majority of women with pre-school children are in the workforce, only 15% of them have access to public childcare. And at the end of their working careers, which are disproportionately spent in part-time, low-wage and precarious employment, women face a greater prospect of poverty than their male counterparts. The low income rate of senior women on their own significantly exceeds that of men, at more than double the rate. And this hardship isn’t merely historic. Young women today will experience the same poverty in their senior years as women do now. Lack of affordable public childcare will keep them in low-paying part-time jobs and cuts to good-paying union jobs will eliminate opportunities for access to financial security.

On the hundredth anniversary of the movement to extend citizenship and security to women, the labour movement calls upon government to reform the Canadian Pension Plan, gradually enhancing benefits from 25% of insurable earnings to 50%, double the current rate and raise the Guaranteed Income Supplement so no senior lives below the poverty line. The current federal government position that people should invest in private sector pension plans rather than look to an enhanced CPP hasn’t worked for 40 years and isn’t likely to do so now. It will be good for the banks and plan managers but do nothing for workers, especially those in part-time jobs.

Social programs were instrumental in raising working Canadian’s access to income and retirement security throughout the twentieth century. Today, many of those programs are under attack and others are still underdeveloped., especially those which impact women’s lives and careers. It is incumbent upon government to work to eliminate all forms of discrimination in the workforce and society, to address families needs for adequate childcare, elder care and pension programs and ensure that women can take their place as full participants in the Canadian economy. Our national economic well-being and productivity depend on it.

Elaine MacDonald

President, Cornwall & District Labour Council

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tnpreacher555
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Elaine MacDonald writes -“the labour movement’s call for women’s right to work….” The Word of God declares that women, wives and mothers should be keepers at home. For women to work in the work force is one of the main causes of the destruction of the family and marriage. (i.e. Covertness – greed, adultery). Just think if all the women – wives and mothers quite their jobs and went back home to do their God given roles. There would be no unemployment for men, there would be no more latch key kids, think of it, what savings the govt would… Read more »
Furtz
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Any woman who works outside of the home will roast in hell for eternity! So sayeth the preacher.

Chris
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I want to scream!! Had it not have been for the wars that MEN brought upon their countries,women would not have been driven into the workforce to begin with. And in this day & age we must work to help financially PLUS go home & “guide the house”!! Although I do admire the stay at home mom,we could not have afforded this option…so I take great offence to your stance…that if I was sequestered away,sheltered from the realities of life & obedient to my hubby & doing my duties as a wife & mother, we would be happier? I am… Read more »
angela
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sigh.

whatever.

happy 100th international women’s day everyone:)

there is a lot more positive to read on today here:
http://www.internationalwomensday.com/
and actually, anywhere but here,lol.

tnpreacher555
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Chris writes – “And in this day & age we must work to help financially PLUS go home…” No one said you had to live up to the Jones. Greed, covetousness, and materialism fuels the Western world economy; thus the government encourages two income families. More taxes to the government and of course, the children are left in public school to be brain washed with secular humanism. It is all after that better life, and the “American dream”, but the average two income family does not have time (or any time left ) to enjoy the good life. The poorer… Read more »
Furtz
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Well Chris, according to the preacher, any woman who doesn’t stay home, have babies, obey her husband, and be discreet and chaste, will be in deep sh!t with his god. The scary and sad thing is that this a-hole has a wife and kids. I sincerely hope that there are agencies such as the C.A.S. keeping a close eye on them.

Chris
Guest

because I work,my daughter will be able to go to university…no greed there…pure love

angela
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unregenerate daughters of Eve

sounds like a rock band.

angela
Guest

but chris…then you are just encouraging the madness that is educated women.

Furtz
Member

How ’bout Pastor Tom and the Flaming Sinners. Bet they’d rock out really good.

Womyn
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A 100 years has past and as the Preacher Man shows us, we still have a lot of work ahead.

PJA
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Angela, here’s something uplifting for you:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/eve-ensler/for-the-builders-the-plan_b_832654.html

Hope this brightens your day.

chris
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It is so easy to assume that two income families work to fulfill their need to keep up with the Jones. I work to actually put food on the table. Our family lives a pretty lean life…no fancy cars,no new clothes,every meal is prepared from scratch (just doing my duty), not a penny is unwisely spent…but still life is a rollercoaster…jobs get lost,wages cut,& illness & death can set a family back & put alot of pressure on one person to solely provide for the family. So, we both are self-employed (so technically I am not stealing a job that… Read more »
chris
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Great article Angela!

tnpreacher555
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Admin: I guess your wedding was not before the God of Heaven and Earth, the true and living God. Maybe it was before a god of your own making – an idol! See what you are missing out on – admin: “The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of… Read more »
tnpreacher555
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Admin: I commend you for actually getting married. Today co-habitation is so common and accepted by all, but such human arrangements are not agreeable to God, as revealed in His Holy Word, and does not glorify Him at all, which is by the way the real reason why God created us, God who instituted marriage also sets the standard: Eph 5:21 – 25 ” Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head… Read more »
Furtz
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Holy Jumpin’, Jamie! Is the preacher saying you might not roast in hell after all? That must be a big relief.

Cornwall Harry
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Hey preach, whatever happened to equality? This is 2011 AD and not 35 AD. Women are treated differently now!

tnpreacher555
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Sorry Furtz, you are reading into things again. Your way of misrepresenting what I write is typical of a lost religious person who hates God, His word, and His people. Get a new life! “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?”(John 11:25,26). “And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.… Read more »
Furtz
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If Jesus (if he ever did exist) actually did spew that crap, I’d say that he had a pretty inflated view of himself.
All Hail The Flying Spaghetti Monster!!!!

tnpreacher555
Member

Antipasta – define Biblical equality, that’s what matters for time and eternity.

William Hennessy
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I think it is sad and scary that Indoctrinator Tom was actually given a position that allows him to spout his ludicrous beliefs. I think it is even scarier and sadder that he apparently has an audience that listens to him. Tom, I can’t believe that you are advocating for women to “go back home and do their God given roles.” I feel wrong just quoting your words! Wake up! It’s 2011. Your beliefs are 100 years out of date. Start reading other books.

tnpreacher555
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William: I read a whole lot of other books – theology, pastor counseling, psychology, church history, missionary stories and apologetics . And I am up to date on the persecuted church in the world. I even read the local new sources in Cornwall and through out Canada. And I read, study, and pray over the Holy Word of God. Why would I do that? The Lord Jesus said this way – Joh 8:12 “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the… Read more »
News Worthy
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We can poke fun and cast off the Preachers words but unfortunately, this kind of thinking is at times the underlying root regarding violence against women by either fists or guns. Rosemary Brown (Canadian MP) once said that there is a war against Women, if you added up all the Women who were murdered annually throughout the world just because of their gender it would equal gennocide. The Preacher may be entitled to his opinion but do we really have to put up with him spreading that kind of BS?! I think that there is a special place in Hell… Read more »
tnpreacher555
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News Worthy: you did not read “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it”(Eph 5:25). Also Eph 5:33 “Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband”. Such a high standard God sets for all husbands to obey. There is grace and help from God to do just that. Christianity doe not advocate violence against women – you are reading the wrong book!

Furtz
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@ William. The preacher obviously has some serious mental issues, and we can only hope that maybe someone who cares about him will convince him to seek treatment. In the meantime, I hope that his kids and wife are OK. The other concern is that there must be quite a few families that belong to and support his “church” to keep it afloat. How many kids, do you suppose, have parents who follow the preacher’s teachings? It sure gives me the creeps.

luckyred
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But its ok for you to attack posters Jamie.I would say more but i,m on side with your last comment.
Beside you wpuldn,t let it through

Furtz
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That’s good Jamie. It’s your site and I will respect the rules. I’ve been amazed at many of the comments, including my own, that you have allowed here. That’s why I keep checking in.
I wouldn’t describe a person with mental illness as “whacko”. It’s a disease that nobody wants or needs.

tnpreacher555
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News Worthy says: nothing, no reply No proof for such a statement “this kind of thinking is at times the underlying root regarding violence against women by either fists or guns”. I believe the moon is made of green cheese – I challenge anyone to prove me wrong! I said it therefore it must be true, right News worthy?

tnpreacher555
Member

ALSO “I think that there is a special place in Hell for him!” – chapter and verse please!

News Worthy
Guest

Hey Preacher,
I do not question that God, Jesus, Allah, Buddha, Goddess, Krishna, The Creator, Mother Earth, (shall I go on?) sends a loving message to all his/her children, that is not my platform. I’m talking about people who interpret religeous writing and books only to use it as a weapon against others. Lets not play games now Preacher, I can sense your passion as you spout off. Get the book, The Viccars of Christ, that’s a good read if you want some insight into Christianity, and I’ll tell you, it isnt pretty stuff!!

News Worthy
Guest

PS Preacher,
I did not quote the Bible, I leave that for you to do. You made my point exactly, you need to think outside the “Book”, where is your original thought? Tunnel vision is not healthy!

Chris
Guest

it seems that there is no original thought or personal opinion that is acceptable. How utterly boring a world this would be if we were all clones spewing out the same thing. Diversity makes our planet rich!… Just a thought…what man would have done all that Oprah has? She is a deeply religious woman no question & has done so much for humanity, through love, acceptance & compassion & has mentored so many people…man & woman. Hmmm…the fact that she’s shacked up with Stedman would destine her for hell despite ALL of the good she has done? I’m thinking NO!!

Roy Berger
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The moon is made of green cheese. Only racists disagree. Personally, I can’t take being critiqued. It hurts my feelings. If you hurt my feelings I will call everyone in town and hopefully have your site pulled down before you can take a dangerous stand during the election. In a real democracy you can’t say things that make me feel bad. I’m going to tell the cops you made a not nice stick drawing. I have no defense against stick drawings.

tnpreacher555
Member
Oprah – is into New Age occult religion. She has opened her mind and the minds of many others to the dark side! The god within! Ordinal thought you want – why go to college, university then? Is there any truly original thought there! New names, same old lie of Satan – Gen 3:5 “For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil”. Nothing new under the sun – sorry! News Worthy: Viccars of Christ. Why would I waste my time reading… Read more »
Cornwall Harry
Guest

I smell a rat…..

Chris
Guest

so open minds & knowledge are bad? Wouldn’t want a woman to be too educated.would we?…And you cannot dispute all the good Oprah has done…..healing the hurt….empowering the weak…wouldn’t she make a great president! :))))

Chris
Guest

am wondering if you would want anyone near you with a scalpel without having the knowledge learned in medical school…better yet…how about a woman doctor who also happens to be a….MOTHER? Another hmmmm moment….

Destructo
Member
Oh yeah…now I remember why I don’t come here so often anymore…. All humans are equal. While the majority of civilized society certainly agrees with that, there are certain segments whose thought process is mired in 5,000 year old texts. And this segment of society carries alot of clout (alot more than it merits). Unfortunately, while some involved in these groups are open to change, and even embrace it, there are those whose mindset is so suck in the past that they are incapable of change. These people will eventually pass on, and we can bury their rotten ideas with… Read more »
mark
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Having won the right to work, women’s still experience a gender pay gap of “70.5%”? I think you’re a little off here. Looks like you’ve got it backwards. If women earn 70% of what men do then the gap is 30% right? You also say that this isn’t a complaint but a call to action. Ya let’s make another call to the “government” to fix this, like if there’s some sort of a magical solution. All it comes down to in the end is hire taxes in order to pay women full wages during pregnancy, or full wages no matter… Read more »
mark
Guest
To think of all the meaningful discussions we could have here, but the first response is from a preacher with a mentality from the dinosaur age, although he probably thinks the earth wasn’t even “created” that far back LOL! Stop feeding the beast by responding to him. Sure i took acid when i was a kid [ like the preacher admitted doing when he was younger] but i recovered ! He’s a brainwashed freek who doesn’t represent men ,and he doesn’t even represent religion. On another note, i’d like to respond Chris [ second after preacher on top ] .… Read more »
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