ℯqual Pay Ⅳ ℯqual Work

Stereotypes; a thing of the past as sustainable development and women’s human rights advance

World Economic Forum’s 2018 Global Gender Gap Report projects it will take 202 years to close the economic gap between men and women globally; the most challenging gender gaps being those related to economics and political empowerment.

Women’s rights have come a long way, not only through peaceful protests, but also higher-education, active public speaking, lectures, and teachings of feminist theories.

As this fourth wave of feminism embarks on a virtual journey, it is crucial we continue to contribute to the movement.

Researchers admit the gap still exists largely because of the distribution of women and men across industries; a higher portion of women holding part-time work, higher education, career choice, the hours, union coverage, and a number of other factors relate the narrowing of the gender wage gap.

Canadian women between the core working ages of 25 to 54 earned $26.92 per hour in 2018, while men in the same group earned $31.05 — a $4.13 hourly difference.

Canada’s Gender Wage Gap is Shrinking, RITA SILVAN

To influence our governments to act promptly in addressing gender equality gaps, and putting an end to gender discrimination in the work field, MTLGBTQ+ is devoted to allocate all women’s rights knowledge, carefully researched information, to bridge our connections, and promote educational content on advancements of Women’s Rights globally.

MTLGBTQ+ supports the feminist goals of defining, establishing and defending equal civil, political, economic and social rights for women.

Our presence is crucial now, more than ever,

as we are faced with a rise in new authoritarian male leaders, aimed to create more divisions, as well as fanatics wanting to build new walls and borders.

As a result of this toxicity, we are urgently strengthening our commitments to advancing gender equality, the empowerment of women and girls, and the promotion and protection of their human rights.

Did you know…

Women earned just 87 cents for every dollar men did in 2018

Women are more likely to work on a part-time basis compared to men, an ongoing contributing factor to the gap

The gender wage gap most severely affects women of color, and the wage gap exists within all racial and ethnic groups.

∞ On a 40-year career, the average lifetime earning losses for women based on today’s wage gap total $430,480.

∞ When women enter a traditionally male-dominated occupation, wages go down in that field, even for men.

∞ Women are less likely to negotiate than men, and less confident when doing so

Women in rich countries tend to be overrepresented in the bottom of the income distribution – and underrepresented at the top

Motivated to lead women, and younger girls in a positive path, MTLGBTQ+ highlights topics from Women’s Rights advancements, archival articles, commentary updates on Women’s Rights issues, all the way to feminist literature; fiction, nonfiction, drama or poetry.

We believe it is important to built community based local networking opportunities, and put together a platform to gage knowledge gained through experiences from inspirational females. Whether they’ve spent years climbing the corporate ladder, or building a billion-dollar brand, we admire and highlight all pioneering career women who learned the ropes of their chosen profession, raised families, and still managed to mastered the art of balance.

We will persevere to influence a culture shift, as we stand confident that our demand of equal pay for equal work will very soon arise as another win in herstory.


Sex sells

Canada’s ‘Sin City’ in WWII

Photo of men lining up in front of the Liquor Commission store, rue Saint-Denis in Montreal 1937

At the beginning of the 20th century, the United-States and Canada prohibit the production and sale of alcohol. In 1919, following a referendum, Quebec adopted a slightly different path by excluding beer,wine, and cider from the Prohibition Act.

The Quebec government created the Commissions des liqueurs de Quebec, two years later, to advocated temperance rather than abstinence. The Commission insures the trade of wines and spirits, and checks the quality of the products. Customers who wish to purchase alcohol are limited to one bottle of spirits at a time.

The Liquor Commission is the Ancestors of the Régie des alcools du Quebec and the Société des alcools du Québec.

To satisfy their ‘prohibited’ needs, Americans would travel north, during the Prohibition in the U.S, to what was then known as the Canadian ‘Sin City’, our beloved, Montreal.

Although not as popular, but still practiced today, many men visited Montreal for sexual pleasure, as a male only privileged tradition. As a result, Montreal grew historically famous, and known as the sex tourism capital of North America.

While looking back at the history of prostitution in Montreal, collection of 1940s mug shots of prostitutes, and powerful brothel owner in Second World War-era Montreal caught our eye. Curiosity to understand how this mass arrest may have influenced the structure of our worlds biggest industry is what influenced the creation of this text.

Representing the under represented, in this instance, means finding important correlations between the crack down on Montreals prostitution industry, precisely brothel leaders from 1940, and the role this event played in influencing missing and murdered women in Canada.

Last arrested in 1939, Anna Labelle held the title as the most powerful madam in Montreal during World War II. This mass arrest aimed at powerful women who ran prostitution industries, and brothels — a common seedy practice in Montreal in the 1940s. These arrest were in fact schemes and attacks from the same policemen who were loyal clients to the madams.
Coincidentally, immediately following, and through-out these numerous arrest, Quebec women earned the right to vote.

Selling sex remains the main foundation of Montreal’s urban culture. Prostitution, gambling, and the high density of liquor shops represent a history of male dominance with elite privileges.

The enforcement of anti-prostitution laws generally focuses on the prostitutes, but never on their customers. This truth has discouraged advancement in women’s right through-out North-American history.

Prostitution still today grows in popularity, and is extremely present in popular culture. Who would believe the efforts made in 1940 to crack down on Montreals booming prostitution industry, women’s right to vote, and women entering the work field would also create a platform for missing and murdered Indigenous women.

Canada Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls 

Numerous law enforcement of the anti-prostitution laws concerns the people involved in street prostitution, leaving out other forms of prostitution. Further more, concerns grow as the Supreme Court of Canada legislations addressed street sex, trafficking trade, and sexual exploitation of children, but subtly not intended to protect First Nations women.

Reference re ss. 193 and 195.1 of Criminal Code, (the Prostitution Reference), [1990] 1 S.C.R. 1123 is a decision of the Supreme Court of Canada on the right to freedom of expression under section 2(b) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and justified under section 1 of the Charter.

Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

Many Canadians will admit systematic hatred towards Indigenous populations, and unjustified violation of laws arbitrating preservation of their lands.

National attention on the safety of sex workers led to court cases challenging the contradictions of the constitutional laws that were silenced in the rising number of missing and murdered Indigenous women.

From 2001 to 2015, the homicide rate for Indigenous women in Canada was almost six times as high as the homicide rate for non-Indigenous women, representing “4.82 per 100,000 population versus 0.82 per 100,000 population”.

Women in Canada: A Gender-based Statistical Report. Statistics Canada. p. 42.

The missing and murdered Indigenous women, also referred as the Canadian genocide still highly affects Indigenous communities in Canada and the United States today.

Records show homicides for non-Indigenous women declined between 1980 and 2015, the number of Indigenous women who were victims of homicide increased from 9% of all female homicide victims in 1980 to 24% in 2015.

MTLGBTQ is committed to Indigenous communities in Canada. We stand in solidarity and demand justice, and protection of First NationsInuitMétis (FNIM), and Native American communities promplty.

Profound understanding of this reality means admitting it represents a rooted systematic, and especially a politically exploited expression of crimes motivated by bigotry and hate. Acknowledging hatred of, contempt for, or prejudice against women or girls is the first step, and aught to be addressed politically by all leaders of the world.

We support law enforcement, journalists, and activists in Indigenous communities, and abroad, all individuals that continue to raise awareness to the connection between sex trafficking, sexual harassment, sexual assault, and the women who go missing and turn up murdered.

While we can continue to demand justice, consideration of all oppositions must also be expected to contradict women’s right to freedom of choice. Many institutions believe the laws prohibiting sex work deny women’s right to freedom of choice, and their basic human rights. These ideals continue to oppose and argue the enforcement of constitutional laws that government over sex work.

Who wears the pants?

Believe it or not, there was once a time when only popular celebrities could get away with wearing androgynous looks without outrageous repercussions such as facing jail time, public humiliation, intimidation, physical, and most often mental harassment.

It was not so long ago women in France needed permission to “dress like a man” to work or ride bicycles. And though it hasn’t been enforced in over a century, this law remained intact until 2013.

Continue reading “Who wears the pants?”

Countries Play A Leading Role in Women’s Rights

Hand in hand

Rising from a history of having no country in the world treat men and women equally under the law, and narrowing it down to only six, is a fact all men and women should be very proud of.

As we enter the year 2020, the definition of the word “feminist”, and all feminist theories must no longer be perceived threatening to men, or women. A commun misperception often assumed by parties involved.

Offering deeper researching material for better understanding of how feminist concepts will influence healthy interactions, and impacting healthy self-consciousness, is important to built trust within a community.

When people are ready to, they change. They never do it before then, and sometimes they die before they get around to it.

Exchanging ideas should always result in gaining a better understanding of any given topic of conversation.

Our mission and goal, is ultimately to encourage thoughts to be shared with an open mind, and growing bonds between people. Understanding of different opinions through various narratives is important for a society to reach a collective consciousness.

Countries INTRODUCING laws mandating
equal pay for equal work


Bolivia vows to ensure new laws are adequately implemented to achieve transformative change

Highlighting its changes to the Constitution as well as specific laws to confront violence against women, against racism or discrimination of any kind, and to confront harassment and political violence, as well as new laws requiring gender parity and alternating political representation—as a result of which women now make up 53.1 per cent of Bolivia’s Legislative Assembly and 47.2 per cent of its Senate—

Bolivia commits to continue such progress and ensure that these norms are adequately implemented so that laws can effectively transform the lives of rural and urban women and girls. To this end, Bolivia pledges to provide all the necessary conditions, human and economic resources, and strengthened institutions.

[commitment statement]


Launching Campaigns aimed at changing laws to safeguard women’s rights in Viet Nam
Training lawmakers to include women’s human rights
Enhancing women’s access to justice
Human Resource Development for Peacebuilding through Volunteer Assignments


  • promote the establishment of preventive mechanisms, protective measures and support for victims of violence;
  • highlight the fight against impunity for the perpetrators of such acts;
  • take steps and/or issue official declarations on individual or more general cases of violence or discrimination against women;
  • encourage the ratification of regional and international instruments for women’s rights and visits by the bodies assigned to monitor them.


Eudy Simelane

Eudy Simelane was born on 11 March 1977 in KwaThema, Springs, Transvaal (Gauteng). An active LGBTQI+ activist, she was one of the first women to live as openly lesbian in KwaThema.

Helping to foster a LGBTQI+ friendly culture in her community, Simelane’s bravery to live freely as a lesbian within her community established her as an inspiring and important LGBTQI+ icon.

History of Women’s struggle in South Africa
 The Choice on Termination of Pregnancy
The Domestic Violence Act of 1998
Recognition of Customary Marriages Act of 1998

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie a renowned Nigerian novelist was born in Nigeria in 1977. She grew up in the university town of Nsukka, Enugu State where she attended primary and secondary schools, and briefly studied Medicine and Pharmacy. She then moved to the United States to attend college, graduating summa cum laude from Eastern Connecticut State University with a major in Communication and a minor in Political Science. She holds a Masters degree in Creative Writing from Johns Hopkins and a Masters degree in African Studies from Yale University. Featured in the April 2012 edition of Time Magazine, she is celebrated as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.

TEDx TalksPublished on Apr 12, 2013




Thousands of women around the world are joining together for peace, to reach equality  gender rights. The strength women are developing globally through their ability to stand up in the face of immense ongoing criticism is forging new characters.

Despite the battle, the perseverance and thirst of women is in constant growth. Traditional gender rules now harm women, and these ideologies are outdated on so many levels. A history of predominant

Ideas have evolved adopting entire spectrums of perspectives and beliefs, because technology has created a real and virtual world for people to associate to endless beliefs; a constant web of imagination for vulnerable consciousness longing to belong.

Male-Dominated1 Occupations Are Those That Comprise 25% or Fewer Women2

Male-dominated industries and occupations are particularly vulnerable to reinforcing masculine stereotypes that make it even more difficult for women to excel.3

In the United States, only 6.6% of women worked full-time in male-dominated occupations in 2017.4

  • Women represented only 38% of non-technical positions in the tech industry, despite holding 57% of all bachelor’s degrees in 2015.5
  • Women held only 20% of leadership roles in the tech workforce in 2015.6
  • In Silicon Valley tech companies, women of color are 1% or less of all workers.32
  • Less than 1% of founders in tech who receive venture capital funding are women of color.33

Simone de Beauvoir

‘I’m against all forms of oppression’: Simone de Beauvoir, in her own words from 1959

In this 1959 interview, Beauvoir discusses the key concepts of existentialism and their perduring socio-political relevance. English Subtitles.

– through her writing and political engagement – the power of collective action to bring about structural change. An intellectual vigilante, de Beauvoir used her pen as a weapon, breaking down gendered stereotypes and challenging laws that prohibited women from having control over their own bodies. She authored and signed the Manifesto of the 343 in 1971, which paved the way for birth control and abortion in France. Her most famous work, The Second Sex(1949), sparked a new wave of feminism across the world.V



MTLGBT+ is determined to raise awareness through networking platforms that identify gender strengths by means of social experiments. Aimed at voicing Montreal’s LGBTQ community, with a feminist approach to humanitarian action, we encourage progress of women’s rights, and inclusivity of multi-ethnic diversity within the Montreal community. ∞

Technology is a compulsive, and addictive way to live. Verbal communication cannot be lost because of a lack of skill. The ability to listen and learn is the key to mastering the art of communication. If you don’t use your verbal skills, and networking, it will disappear rapidly. Use technology wisely.

— Rock Pitino
Women march on the streets of New York September 1970 as the surge for the ERA – Equal Rights Amendment builds on the 50th anniversary celebration of the passing of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, an amendment which gave women the ability to vote for the first time in the U.S. 
Feminism, the belief in social, economic, and political equality of the sexes
influencing the rise of equal gender rights internationally.
Feminist demands range from equal pay, to maternity leave, and the right for a woman to control her mind, spirit and body. 

The when’s and how’s of feminism

First-wave feminism 
19th and early 20th
Focused on overturning legal inequalities, particularly addressing issues of women’s suffrage.

Second-wave feminism 
Wider debates to consolidate cultural inequalities, gender norms, and the role of women in society.

Thirdwave feminism 
The sequel of the feminist movement that began in the early 1990s United States and continued until the fourth wave.

Fourth-wave feminism

2010 – Now

The movement is lead, ignited, and spread globally through social media.

MTLGBT+ advocates a feminist approach to humanitarian action through teachings of egalitarian feminist perspectives that stimulate and re-evaluate western society’s traditional male-dominant ideologies


As more and more women continue to influence global movements, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done to reform discriminatory social norms, and power imbalances of genders.

Promoting gender equality and empowering women and girls is the most effective way to spotlight the power and leadership of girls and women, not just their vulnerabilities. 

MTLGBT+ supports women’s rights by combining information geared towards advancements in LGBT culture, and modern concepts of feminism. We share ideas, news and information geared towards various perspectives devoted to form a platform that unites Montreal’s communities onto one platform.

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