Windsor worst city in Canada for women. How do we change the story?

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      International Women's Day . Stand Up and Stand Beside a Woman.

      How do we change the story?


      October 2016: Windsor, Ontario is ranked the worst city in Canada for women, landing at the bottom of the country’s 25 largest cities in a study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

      The reason?


      The study pointed to the fact that Windsor has the highest gap in the percentage of women living in poverty, compared to men. It also shone a light on Windsor’s large gap in women’s representation in leadership roles, and its larger than average employment gap.

      CCPA senior researcher, Kate McInturff said that women fleeing domestic violence situations contribute to the higher levels of women living in poverty compared to men.

      She also pointed out that women make up two-thirds of minimum wage workers.

      She said the statistics in the study are “the beginning of the conversation, not the end,” noting that “there is much that cities have to learn from one another.”


      And that’s why we’re here …


      This is the beginning of a conversation based on 2 questions:


      1. What works?

        and …

      2. How can we do more of that?


      While Canada is perceived as one of the world’s most prosperous nations, the truth is that over 1.3 million of our kids live in poverty, with a disturbing 1 in 4 kids living in poverty here in Windsor.

      Low-income households include a disproportionate number of single women with children and working poor.


      Test your assumptions …


      Do you believe that single mothers on welfare are irresponsible deadbeats who set a bad example for their children because they are too lazy to get out and earn a living?


      If so, you just wrote off J. K. Rowling. Surprised?   → Check your assumptions here


      Help Break the Cycle


      How do you change a statistic? Especially one as entrenched as poverty? One steeped with so much bias and misunderstanding that the will to change it may be one of the biggest hurdles?


      I’m inviting you to roll up your sleeves and put your elbows here on the digital kitchen table with me. Let’s figure out how we might “Change the Story”.


      Join me in a “Scouting Party” to explore communities that are engaged in doing exactly that. We can start in our own communities by asking “what’s working?”. We can bring those things back to our digital kitchen table and work together to find the best ways of sharing that innovation more broadly, and scaling it up.





      To Read the Full CCPA Report


      The 78-page report is available for download from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives’ website:




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