Canada must continue providing targeted scholarships for female scholars

March 15, 2016

“The costs of discrimination are not just shouldered by those on the receiving end,” writes UBC Vancouver School of Economics Professor Marina Adshade, because “discrimination imposes costs to us all when it prevents some of our most productive members from playing an active role in society.” The author speaks of her own experience of gender-based discrimination to illustrate how the persistent belief in people’s ability to objectively judge “merit” is precisely what allows discrimination to continue. This is why Adshade believes Canada should continue to provide targeted funding to support female scholars. “As long as women continue to earn less than men,” she concludes, “it is in the public interest to ensure that women are free to make the same choices as men. Giving additional financial assistance helps make those choices possible.” Globe and Mail