London has placed third in a list of the best Canadian cities to be a woman thanks to a slender employment gap and better-than-average representation in local politics.
The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives report, which was authored by Kate McInturff, said London has a smaller gender wage gap than most Canadian cities, with women taking home 77 percent of men’s earnings on average. While the report also pointed to the high rates of women living in poverty in London, (20 percent living below the Low Income Measure) it also noted that London is also one of the only cities where men’s poverty rates (22 percent) exceed those of women.
The report considered a variety of factors from personal security, health, economic security, education, to women in local politics.
Specifically, London finished second in economic security, fourth in political leadership, 16th in both education and security, and 21st in health. The report can be found here.
“London has done better than most of the cities measured here in closing the gap in professional leadership, with women making up 38% of senior managers in the city,” the report said.
For the second year in a row, Victoria was placed at the top of the 25-city list. Kingston followed in second.
The nation’s largest cities placed in the middle — Montreal was sixth, Vancouver ninth, and Toronto 11th.
Windsor placed last on the list due to its larger-than-average gap between the genders in employment and poverty and political representation.