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More needed for gender equality: chief justice

By: The Canadian Press

 | Apr 07, 2014 - 3:32 PM |
Beverly McLachlin, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, delivers a speech in Ottawa, February 5, 2013. McLachlin says progress is being made in attracting more women to the legal profession but more work is necessary before equality is achieved.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand

Beverly McLachlin, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, delivers a speech in Ottawa, February 5, 2013. McLachlin says progress is being made in attracting more women to the legal profession but more work is necessary before equality is achieved.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand

CALGARY - The head of the Supreme Court of Canada says progress is being made in attracting more women to the legal profession but more work is necessary before equality is achieved.

Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin told a legal conference in Calgary that matters have improved from when she was growing up on a ranch near Pincher Creek in southwestern Alberta.

She said an aptitude test in Grade 8 indicated she had a low attention level and she was warned to stay away from being a waitress or a telephone operator.

McLachlin is now the longest-serving chief justice of the Supreme Court of Canada.

She said Canada is a long way from total gender equality, even though more women are entering the law profession or moving into federal politics.

McLachlin said many people still assume women are not quite at the same level as men.

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