Startling findings from the "Women in Non-Standard Work" project

Speakers: Jane Barter Moulaison, Lisa Lambert and Dorothy McKenna

  1. What is a woman'’s work worth?

  2. What would Canada be like for women if the 67 % of unemployed women who do not receive EI benefits could receive the employment insurance money to which they have contributed?

  3. Did you know that since 1996 the number of workers who qualify for EI benefits has dropped by more than half, and that women receive benefits less frequently than men?

  4. Is non-standard work a choice? Why do women choose non-standard work, and how does their “choice” affect them?

  5. Is the “Alberta Advantage” good for female workers?

  6. Why are part time workers more likely to be women?

About the Speakers:

Jane Barter Moulaison is an instructor in the Women'’s Studies Programme at the University of Lethbridge, a mother of two small children, and was, until recently, a professional student and non-standard worker. She is the principal researcher on the Women in Non-Standard Work Project, and has become increasingly interested in the topic of meaning and women'’s work. Her presentation for SACPA will concern the meaning and value accorded to women'’s work and the marginalization of women'’s labour through non-standard employment.

Lisa Lambert is the lobbyist for the Women in Non-Standard Work project. She became a non-standard worker in order to raise her two preschoolers. Lisa has recently started two home-based businesses offering non-traditional approaches to health care. Her background in political science leads her frequently to state “everything is political,” and this has been her approach to the Non-Standard Work project.

Dorothy McKenna has been the Coordinator at the Womanspace Resource Centre for the past ten years. Dorothy has contributed to many community projects over those ten years and works to build a strong voice for women in each of them. A half-time employee of Womanspace, Dorothy is a non-standard worker.

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