Gender disparities exist across the country.
Women are more likely to vote in local elections, but in large cities they make up only one-third of city councillors and only one-in-five of mayors. One-third of managers are women—most concentrated in middle management—a share that hasn’t changed in the past five years.
Women earn less than men, even when they have the same education, experience and work in the same field. Reports of sexual assault have been trending up—the result in part of increased attention generated in the wake of the #MeToo movement. These national challenges play out at the local level in different ways.
Katherine Scott (she/her) is a Senior Researcher with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. Follow her on Twitter @ScottKatherineJ.