Marjorie Griffin Cohen

Marjorie Griffin Cohen is a feminist economist who is a professor emeritus at Simon Fraser University.  She has written extensively in the areas of political economy and public policy with special emphasis on the Canadian economy, women, labour, electricity deregulation, energy, climate change and labour, international trade agreements, and the care economy. 

Among her books are Climate Change and Gender in Rich Countries: Work, Public Policy and Action; Public Policy for Women; Remapping Gender in the New Global Order; Governing Under Stress; Training the Excluded for Work; Global Turbulence, Global Instability, Canadian Women’s Issues (two volumes), Women’s Work, Markets, and Economic Development in Nineteenth Century Ontario, and Free Trade and the Future of Women’s Work

Professor Cohen was instrumental in establishing the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives in British Columbia and was its first Chair.  She served on many boards and commissions including the B.C. Industrial Inquiry Commission on the Fisheries; Board of Directors of B.C. Hydro; Board of Directors of NewGrade Energy, Board of Directors of B.C. Power Exchange; and most recently was the first Chair of the BC Fair Wages Commission.  Her feminist activity has been considerable including being Vice-President and Treasurer of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women.

Among the awards she has received are the Charles Taylor prize for excellence in policy research, and the Galbraith Prize in Economics and Social Justice.

Her most recent focus is on the care economy and its contribution to economic growth, stability, and meeting people’s needs.

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