March 8 is International Women’s Day, and this year’s theme celebrates women who are shaping the future in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and other innovative fields. Women like Terra and Kendra (above), medical students who are already getting involved with government and policy. Business owners like Solita. And leaders in affordable housing like Martina and Lisa.
Since day one, our Liberal federal government has worked to advance gender equality. This includes:
Equal pay for equal work
Passed legislation for federal employees.
Better parental benefits
Made major improvements to maternity and parental benefits, including the option to spread the benefits out over 18 months. Plus, starting this month, you can get an extra 5 weeks of EI when both parents share parental benefits.
Better support for vulnerable seniors
Increased financial support for low-income seniors, the majority of whom are women.
Supported more women in pursuing rewarding and well-paid careers in underrepresented fields like STEM, entrepreneurship and skilled trades.
Calgary investments include housing for women escaping violence.
Through our government’s Canada Child Benefit, we have drastically reduced the rate of child poverty in Alberta, with the biggest improvement affecting single moms.
And, as a Liberal government, we will always support a women’s right to choose.
Member of Parliament for Calgary Centre