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Ursula Franklin Pay Equity Reading Room
The Pay Equity Office makes available information about the wage gap, statistics, cross-jurisdictional information and research.
Visitors can browse the Office's hard copy collection (Ursula Franklin Reading Room) by appointment during regular business hours. To schedule an appointment, contact:
Pay Equity Office
180 Dundas Street West, 3rd Floor
Tel: 416-314-1896 or 1-800-387-8813
The Pay Equity Office's library was renamed the "Ursula Franklin Pay Equity Reading Room" in 2017 to honour Dr. Franklin's contribution to narrowing the gender wage gap in Ontario and to mark the 30th anniversary of the Pay Equity Act. The Reading Room is a "Women and Work Reference Centre" for the Province of Ontario. There are approximately 2000 records in the present collection, including historic and current materials relating to pay equity, compensation, the gender wage gap, and other related topics around women and work. There are documents, papers, reports and studies from within the province of Ontario, Canada and around the world.
Dr. Ursula Franklin was the first female professor in the University of Toronto's Department of Engineering, Metallurgy and Materials Science. Her important scientific discoveries included finding radioactive substances in Canadian children's teeth that changed international practices regarding nuclear test. A Holocaust survivor, she was a lifelong activist, championing many civic causes for the betterment of Canadians. In the area of pay equity, Dr. Franklin was the named party on behalf of other professors at the University of Toronto, arguing in court that the University benefitted from the lag in settling pay equity compensation. This case highlighted a systemic wage inequity and the very real harms arising from delayed resolution to pay equity claims.