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Citizens' Forum: The male-female wage gap

First airing in 1942 and running for over two decades, Citizens' Forum was billed as "an inquiry into the postwar world," a discussion show that addressed countless major issues of the times. Produced in co-operation with the Canadian Association for Adult Education (CAAE), it was one of the most interactive programs the CBC ever aired. Listeners voted on upcoming topics, and the CAAE produced printed pamphlets so listeners could read up on debate topics in advance and contribute informed questions during broadcasts.

Millions of women joined the workforce during the Second World War, and many discovered for the first time the empowerment and satisfaction of breaking out of a traditional housewife's role. Many women want to keep those jobs, but they want something else: equal pay for equal work. A lively discussion examines the question of whether women are getting a fair deal in the workplace. Fiery panelist Breda Gray dominates the debate, but everyone has their say.
• Sixty years after this debate, there's still a pronounced wage gap between men and women in Canada. In 2001, Statistics Canada reported that women working full-year, full-time jobs made only 72.5 per cent of what men made. 
Medium: Radio
Program: Citizens' Forum
Broadcast Date: Dec. 7, 1950
Guest(s): Breda Gray, J.C. Puttington, E.M. Stonelake, Rose Turlin
Host: Neil Morrison
Duration: 39:25
Photo: Nicholas Morant / National Film Board of Canada. Photothèque / Library and Archives Canada / PA-116080

Last updated: February 15, 2013

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