Marjorie Griffin Cohen

Marjorie Griffin Cohen is an economist who is a professor emeritus of Political Science and Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University.  She has written extensively in the areas of political economy and public policy with special emphasis on issues concerning, labour, the Canadian economy, women, electricity deregulation, energy, climate change and labour, and international trade agreements. 

In October 2017, Marjorie Griffin Cohen was appointed by the B.C. government to a three-person new Fair Wages Commission, of which she is chair.  The commission is designed to advise the government on how to move the province to a $15-an hour minimum wage; how to deal with the further increases to the minimum wage once $15/hr is reached, and how to reconcile the discrepancy between the minimum wage and the living wage.  Read the announcement October 6 in the Vancouver Sun.

Among her publications are Climate Change and Gender in Rich Countries:  Work, Public Policy and Action (2017); Public Policy for Women (2009), Remapping Gender in the New Global Order (2007) Governing Under Stress: (2004), Training the Excluded for Work: (2003), Global Turbulence (2003), Global Instability (2002), Canadian Women's Issues (two volumes, 1995) Women's Work, Markets, and Economic Development in Nineteenth Century Ontario (1988), and Free Trade and the Future of Women's Work (1987)

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

She currently is involved in two research projects related to global warming and gender, a project on gender and economic crises, one on women’s issues in Canada since the Royal Commission on the Status of Women.