Dear Midwifery Supporters

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Today (November 27, 2013)  is the pay equity day to take action – a day to show your support for Ontario’s midwives.

This morning, the Association of Ontario Midwives filed a complaint on behalf of midwives with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. Midwives face a gender penalty, also known as a pay equity gap, because they are a female dominated profession, providing care to women, for a woman’s experience of labour and birth. In fact, women in Ontario still face a gender pay gap of 28% (Equal Pay Coalition of Ontario).

Midwives have supported the labour of more than 150 000 women in Ontario – today, it’s our chance to stand up for the labour of midwives.

Please send a short email or tweet to Premier Wynne and let her know you support pay equity for midwives.

 

casperswingHere’s what your e-mail could say:
Email address for the Premier: premier@ontario.ca
Dear Premier Wynne,

My midwives supported me in the labour and birth of my [SON OR DAUGHTER’S NAME] (see picture attached), and now I am supporting pay equity for midwives.

Sincerely, [NAME]

Don’t forget to attach a photo of your child – it will help personalize your message.

Or/
Dear Premier Wynne,

Midwives are a valuable part of Ontario’s health care system. I support pay equity for midwives.

Sincerely, [NAME]
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When sending your email, please CC or BCC policy@aom.on.ca.
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Twitter:#ValueMidwives
Please take action by tweeting the following:
@Kathleen_Wynne A midwife supported my labour, now I am supporting hers. I #valuemidwives and support pay equity
@Kathleen_Wynne Pay equity for @Ontariomidwives now because we #valuemidwives

<with photo> My midwife supported the birth of my son/daughter, now I support @ontariomidwives @kathleen_wynne its time to #valuemidwives

Your support in these efforts is sincerely appreciated.