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Girls usually paid less than boys for summer gigs: survey

A recent survey suggests Canadian girls and boys are about equally as likely to have summer jobs but young females on average earn roughly 30 per cent less than their male counterparts. The poll for Girl Guides of Canada also finds girls clustered in lower-paid "pink ghetto" jobs — for example babysitting, compared with yard work. About 35 per cent of girls surveyed said they had a full- or part-time summer job and almost as many worked in an informal setting for family, friends, or neighbours. When it came to full-time summer gigs, such as working in a store or office, girls surveyed reported earning about $3 an hour less than boys. Statistics Canada data indicate women aged 15 and older earn on average roughly 87 cents for every dollar men earn. The gap widens further for women of colour.
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