Marjorie Griffin Cohen


Professor, Political Science/Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6
Tel: 778-782-5838



Marjorie Griffin Cohen (Professor) BA (Iowa Wesleyan ), MA (NYU), PhD (York University) writes in the areas of political economy and public policy with special emphasis on issues concerning, the Canadian economy, women, labour, electricity deregulation, energy and the environment, and international trade agreements. Her most recent books are Public Policy for Women and Remapping Gender in the New Global Order. 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, and is on its Board of Directors. She has also been active in feminist issues, serving for many years on the executive board of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women. She currently is involved in two research projects related to global warming, Work in a Warming World, and The Climate Justice Project.





Fall 2010

WS 320/830 Public Policy for Women

Pol 356 The Political Economy of Labour

Spring 2011

Pol 825 Canadian Political Economy

Current Projects

  • Work in a Warming World (CURA) and Climate Justice Project (CURA)
    • Green Employment in Energy Industries
    • Gender and Climate Change Policy
    • Comparative Approaches to Climate Change within Canada
  • The Gendered and Precarious Nature of Teenage Work
  • Feminist Activism on Employment and Economic Issues: The Ontario Committee on the Status of Women


Books & Monographs



Public Policy for Women: The State, Income Security, and Labour Market Issues, ed. with Jane Pulkingham, (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2009), 417 pp. 

A Poverty Reduction Strategy for BC (Seth Klein, Marjorie Griffin Cohen, T. Garner, Iglika Ivanova, Marc Lee, Bruce Wallace, Margot Young). (Vancouver: CCPA, 2008).


Impact of International Trade Rules and US Regulations on the Integrated Power System Plan. Brief to the Ontario Energy Board (co-authored with John Calvert). (IPSP), File No. EB-2007-0707). (Intervenor Status).


Remapping Gender in the New Global Order, ed. with Janine Brodie, (London: Rougledge, 2007). 250 pp.


editor (with Stephen Clarkson) Governing Under Stress: Middle Powers and the Challenge of Globalization, (London & New York: ZED, 2004). 300 pp.

A Return to Wage Discrimination: Pay Equity Losses Through the Privatization of Health Care, (with Marcy Cohen), Vancouver: CCPA, 2004.

Gutting a Power House: BC Hydro and the New Energy Plan Vancouver: CCPA, (2003).


High Tension: BC Hydro’s Deep Integration with the U.S. Through RTO West, (Vancouver: CPP, 2003).

Destroying Pay Equity: The effects of privatizing health care in British Columbia, (Vancouver: HEU, 2003). 


editor, Training the Excluded for Work: Access and Equity for Women, Immigrants, First Nations, Youth and People with Low Income, (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2003). 276 pp.

Marjorie Griffin Cohen and Stephen McBride, Eds., Global Turbulence: Social Activists’ and State Responses to Globalization,(Aldershop, UK: Ashgate, 2003). 196 pp.

Stephen McBride, Laurent Dobuzinskis, Marjorie Griffin Cohen, and James Busumtwi-Sam, Eds. Global Instability: Uncertainty and New Visions in Political Economy (Kluwer, 2002). 237 pp. 

Electricity Deregulation, Privatization and Continental Integration, (Ottawa: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, 2002.). 60 pp.

Public Power and the Political Economy of Electricity Competition: The Case of B.C. Hydro, (Vancouver: CCPA, 2002).

Do Comparisons Between Hospital Support Workers and Hospitality Workers Make Sense? (Vancouver, HEU, 2001).

The World Trade Organisation and Post-Secondary Education: Implications for the Public System in Australia, (Adelaide: The Hawke Institute, University of South Australia, 2000).

editor, Atlantis, Special Issue Sexual Economics, Vol. 23.2, (Spring 1999). 

Globalization: Some Implications and Strategies for Women, with Laurell Ritchie, Michelle Swenarchuk, and Leah Vosko, (Toronto: National Action Committee on the Status of Women, 1998).

What to Do About Globalization, (Vancouver: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, 1997).

Canadian Women's Issues, Vol. II, Bold Visions, (Halifax: Lorimer, 1995) with Ruth Roach Pierson, 500 pp.

Canadian Women's Issues, Vol. I, Strong Voices, (Halifax: Lorimer: 1993), with Ruth Roach Pierson, Paula Bourne, and Philinda Masters, 460 pp. 

Women's Work, Markets, and Economic Development in Nineteenth Century Ontario, (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1988), 258 pp.

Free Trade in Services: An Issue of Concern to Women, (Ottawa: Canadian Advisory, Council on the Status of Women, 1987).

Free Trade and the Future of Women's Work: Manufacturing and Service Industries, (Toronto: Garamond, 1987), 100 pp.







Scholarly Articles


“Out of the Closet on Site C", BC Studies, No. 161, Spring 2009, pp. 106-108.


“Going too Far? Feminist Public Policy in Canada,” (with Jane Pulkingham) Public Policy for Women: The State, Income Security, and Labour Market Issues, ed. with Jane Pulkingham, (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2009), pp. 3-49. (authored 3/4 of chapter). 

"Política energética continental. Internacionalización y reestructuración de la electricidad en Canadá," Dos Modelos de Integración Energetica, (México: Centro de Investigaciones sobre América del Norte, Universidad nacional Autónoma de México, 2007). pp. 51-69.


“The U.S. Energy Act and Electricity: What it means for Canada,” in Energy Security & Climate Change, ed. by Cy Gonic, (Fernwood, 2007) pp. 77-88.


“Collective Economic Rights and International Trade Agreements in the Vacuum of Post-National Capital Control,” Susan Boyd and Margot Young, eds. Poverty: Rights, Social Citizenship and Governance, (UBC Press, 2007), pp. 183-200.

“Imperialist Regulation: U.S. Electricity Market Designs and their Problems for Canada and Mexico,” Ricardo Grinspun and Yasmine Shamsie, eds. Whose Canada? Continental Integration, Fortress North America, and the Corporate Agenda, (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2007) pp. 439-458.

“The Shifts in Gender Norms Through Globalization: Gender on the Semi-periphery of Power,” in Remapping Gender in the New Global Order, ed. by Marjorie Griffin Cohen and Janine Brodie, (London: Routledge, 2007) pp. 15-43. 

“Remapping gender in the new global order,” with Janine Brodie in Remapping Gender in the New Global Order, ed. by Marjorie Griffin Cohen and Janine Brodie, (London: Routledge, 2007), pp. 1-12.

“Privatization: A Strategy for Eliminating Pay Equity in Health Care,” (with Marcy Cohen) in Meg Luxton and Kate Bezanson, eds.Social Reproduction: Feminist Political Economy Challenges Neo-Liberalism," (McGill-Queen’s Press, 2006.) pp. 117-144. 

“A North American Energy Policy Means a US Energy Policy,” in Living with Uncle: Canada-US Relations in an Age of Empire, ed. by Bruce Campbell and Ed Finn, (Toronto: James Lorimer & Co., 2006) pp. 84-93. 

“Electricity Restructuring’s Dirty Secret: The Environment,” Johnston, Josée, Michael Gismondi, and James Goodman. (Eds.)Nature’s Revenge: reclaiming sustainability in the age of corporate globalism. (Peterborough, ON: Broadview Press, 2006), pp. 73-95.

“The Politics of Pay Equity in B.C.: Health Support Workers, the IWA, and the Government,” Canadian Woman Studies, Vol. 23, No. 3-4 (Spring/Summer 2004). 


“International Forces Driving Electricity Deregulation in the Semi-Periphery: The Case of Canada,” in Governing Under Stress: Middle Powers and the Challenge of Globalization, eds. Marjorie Griffin Cohen and Stephen Clarkson, 2004) pp. 175-194.

“States under Siege,” with Stephen Clarkson in Governing Under Stress: Middle Powers and the Challenge of Globalization, edited by Marjorie Griffin Cohen and Stephen Clarkson (London & New York: ZED, 2004), pp 1-11.

“Globalization’s Challenge to Feminist Political Economy and the Law: A Socialist Perspective,” New Socialisms: Futures beyond Globalization, Robert Albritton, ed. (London: Routledge, 2004), pp. 33-49.

“Community Skills Training by and for Immigrant Women,” with Margaret Manery, in Training the Excluded for Work: Access and Equity for Women, Immigrants, First Nations, Youth and People with Low Income (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2003), pp. 145-160.

“Introduction,” Training the Excluded for Work: Access and Equity for Women, Immigrants, First Nations, Youth and People with Low Income, ed. Marjorie Griffin Cohen (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2003) pp. 3-13.

“Introduction,” with Stephen McBride, Global Turbulence: Social Activists’ and State Responses to Globalization (Aldershop, UK: Ashgate, 2003), pp. 1-10.

“Global Instability: Uncertainty and New Visions in Political Economy,” with S. McBride, L. Dobuzinskis, & J. Busumtwi-Sam, inGlobal Instability: Uncertainty and New Visions in Political Economy, ed. by McBride et al, (Kluwer, 2002), pp 1-6. 

“Globalization: Some Implications and Strategies for Women,” (with Laurell Ritchie, Michelle Swenarchuk, and Leah Vosko),Canadian Woman Studies, 21/22, No. 4/1, Fall 2002. pp. 6-14.

From Public Good to Private Exploitation: GATS and the Restructuring of Canadian Electrical Industries” Canadian-American Public Policy,” 48 (December 2001). [Entire issue of journal].


“Repensando el Libre Comercio y las estrategias globalizadoras en Canada,” in Canada un Estado Posmoderno, Teresa Gutierrez-Haces, ed. (Mexico City: Plaza y Valdes, 2000), pp. 295-309. [Translation of an earlier CCPA publication].

“The General Agreement on Trade in Services: Threats to Public Post-Secondary Education in Australia,” Australian Universities Review, Fall 2000, pp. 9-15.


“Trading Away the Public System: The WTO and Post-Secondary Education,” The Corporate Campus: Commercialization and the Dangers to Canada's Colleges and Universities., ed. James Turk (Toronto: Lorimer, 2000), pp. 123-141.


“Training and Equity Initiatives on the British Columbia Vancouver Island Highway Project: A Model for Large-Scale Construction Projects,” with Kate Braid, Labor Studies, 25,3 (Fall 2000), pp. 70-103. 

“Rethinking Global Strategies,” in Globalization and its Discontents, edited by Stephen McBride and John Weisman (London and New York: Macmillan Press and St. Martin’s Press, 2000) pp. 200-213.

“Disorder Through the MAI,” New Solutions: A Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy, Vol. 8 (1), 1998, pp. 147-156.


“From the Welfare State to Vampire Capitalism,” in Women and the Canadian Welfare State, edited by Gerde Wekerle and Patricia Evans (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1997), pp. 28-67. 

“Economic Restructuring and Free Trade Agreements: Lessons from Canada,” in Free Trade? Implications for Australian Labour, edited by Ray Broomhill (Adelaide: Center for Labour Studies, University of Adelaide, 1997), pp. 17-31.

“What Women Should Know About Economic Fundamentalism,” Atlantis, Vol. 21, No. 2 (Spring 1997). Republished in 25th Anniversary Volume, Spring 2001.

"Democracy and Trade Agreements: Challenges for Disadvantaged Women, Minorities and States," in Do Nation States Have a Future? edited by Patrick Boyer and Daniel Drache (London: Routledge, 1996).

"New International Trade Agreements: Their Reactionary Role in Creating Markets and Retarding Social Welfare," in Rethinking Restructuring: Gender and State Responses to Restructuring Canada, edited by Isabella Bakker (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1996).

"Economic Restructuring Through Trade: Implications for People," in Liberalization: Indian and Canadian Perspectives, edited by G.N. Ramu and Vishwas P. Govitrikar, (New Delhi: Allied Publishers, 1995), pp. 95-107.

"The Meristonic Society: Restructuring and the Future of Canada Outside Quebec," in Beyond Quebec: Taking Stock of Canada, edited by Kenneth McRoberts, (Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1995), pp. 378-387.

"British Columbia: Playing Safe is a Dangerous Game," Studies in Political Economy 43 (Spring 1994), pp. 149-159.

"The Implications of Economic Restructuring for Women: The Canadian Situation," The Strategic Silence: Gender and Economic Policy, edited by Isabella Bakker, (London: Zed, 1994).

"Las implicaciones de la restructuracion economica para las mujeres: la situacion canadiense," translated by Alejandra Cervantes Gomez, in Canada en transicion, edited by Teresa gutierrez H. and Monica Verea C., (Mexico: Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, 1994), pp. 543-562.

“Capitalist Development, Industrialization, and Women’s Work,” in Work in Canada: Readings in the Sociology of Work and Industry, edited by Graham S. Lowe & Harvey J. Krahan (Scarborough, Ont.: Nelson, 1993), reprinted from Women’s Work, Markets and Economic Development in 19th Century Ontario. 

"The Lunacy of Free Trade," in Crossing the Line: Canada and Free Trade with Mexico, edited by Jim Sinclair, (Vancouver: New Star, 1992), pp. 14-25.

"The Canadian Women's Movement and Its Efforts to Influence the Canadian Economy," in Challenging Times: The Women's Movement in Canada and the United States, edited by Constance Backhouse and D.H. Flaherty, (Montreal: McGill-Queen's, 1992), pp. 215-224.

"Social Democracy - Illusion or Vision?" in Studies in Political Economy, 34, (Spring, 1992).

"Division of Labour in a Staple-Exporting Economy," in Canadian Working Class History: Selected Readings, edited by Laurel Sefton MacDowell & Ian Radforth, (Toronto: Canadian Scholars' Press, 1992, pp. 53-79. Reprinted from Women's Work, Markets and Economic Development in Nineteenth Century Ontario, Ch. 3. 

"Coalition Building: Reflections on Organizing," in Taking a Stand: Strategy and Tactics of Organizing the Popular Movement in Canada, ed. by Ronnie Oeah, (Ottawa: CCPA, 1992).

"Exports, Unemployment and Regional Inequality: Economic Policy and Trade Theory," in The New Era of Global Competition: State Policy and Market Power, edited by D. Drache and M. Gertler, (Montreal: McGill-Queen's, 1991), pp. 83-102.

"Capitalist Development, Industrialization and Women's Work," in Perspectives on Canadian Economic Development, edited by Gordon Laxer, (Toronto: Oxford, 1991).

"Economic Barriers to Liberation," in Canadian Woman Studies, 11, 3, (Spring, 1991). Reprint from Canadian Woman Studies, 3, 2.

"Las mujeres: fuerza laboral afectada," Experiencias de la negociacion del Tratado de Libre Comercio (TLC) Canada - Estados Unidos, (Mexico: Espressa, 1991). Translated from English, Coloquio Mexico-Canada, October, 1990, pp. 99-102.

"The Problems of Studying Economic Man," in Feminism in Canada: From Pressure to Politics, edited by Angela Miles and Geraldine Finn, 2nd edition, (Montreal: Black Rose Books, 1989).

"Americanizing Services," in The Facts on Free Trade, edited by Ed Finn, (Toronto: Lorimer, 1988), pp. 63-67.

"Services: The Vanishing Opportunity," in The Free Trade Deal, edited by Duncan Cameron, (Toronto: Lorimer, 1988), pp. 150-155.

"CHR Dialogue: Ontario's Industrial Revolution," in Canadian Historical Review LXIX, 3, (September, 1988), pp. 307-314. 

"Politics: the heart of the free trade debate," co-authored with Daniel Drache in Un marche, deux societies? 1ere partie, Libre-exchange et autonomie politique, (Montreal: L'ACFAS, 1987), pp. 187-206.

Chapter in If I Were Prime Minister, (Winnipeg: Hurtig, 1987).

Chapter in If you Love This Country, (Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1987).

"Women and Free Trade," in The Free Trade Debates, edited by Duncan Cameron, (Toronto: Lorimer, 1986).

"The Razor's Edge Invisible: Feminism's Effect on Economics," in International Journal of Women's Studies, 8, 2, (May/June, 1985), pp. 286-298. 

"Weakest to the Wall," in Policy Options, (December, 1985). Reproduced as "The Macdonald Report and its Implications for Women," in Feminist Action, (December, 1985); also under title "Undressing Macho Economics: The Macdonald Report's Implications for Women," in Our Times, (June, 1986).

"The Decline of Women in Canadian Dairying," in Histoire sociale/Social History XVII, 34, (November, 1984), pp. 307-334. Reproduced in The Neglected Majority, Vol. II, edited by Alison Prentice and Susan Mann Trofimenkoff, (Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1985). Also in Rethinking Canada: The Promise of Women's History, 2nd edition, edited by Veronica Strong-Boag and Anita Clair Fellman, (Toronto: Copp Clark Pitman, 1991). 

"Training for Work: Government Training Programmes for Women Before, During and After the Second World War," co-authored with Ruth Pierson, in Modern Canada 1930s-1980s, edited by Michael Cross and Gregory S. Kealy. Readings in Canadian Social History, Vol. 5, (Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1984), pp. 208-243.

"Changing Perceptions of the Impact of the Industrial Revolution on Female Labour," in International Journal of Women's Studies,7, 4, (October, 1984), pp. 291-305.

"Women's Paid Work: The North American and Western European Experience," Review Essay, Labour/Le Travailleur, 8, 9, (Autumn/Spring 1981/82), pp. 309-316. 

Popular Writing Since 2001

"Going for Gold on Minimum Wages," with Iglika Ivanova, Vancouver Sun, January 20, 2010.

"Response to the Recession," The CCPA Monitor: Economic, Social, and Environmental Perspectives, May 2009, pp. 20-23.

“Rescue the Economy, Protect the People, Plan for the Future," Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences,, Feb. 2009.

"Will the Carbon Tax Actually Reduce Emissions," The Best of Rabble, 2008.

"We All Pay for Poverty," Vancouver Sun Dec. 11, 2008, A17 (also in various other newspapers in BC such as Burnaby Now, New Westminster Record, Penticton Herald).

Video feature on Pay Equity for The Ledge, public screening at Douglas College, New Westminster, December 2008. 

"Poorest to Pay for Campbell Plan?" The Tyee, October 28, 2008.

 Labour Laws and Hurting Wages," Burnaby Now, June 14, 2008. 

"The income gap between rich and poor is widening..." The New Westminster Record

"Labour Policy Worsen Wage Gap," Penticton Herald.

"Labour Policies Have Dramatic Influence on Wage Gap, Vancouver Sun, May 22, 2008. 

"Will a Carbon Tax Actually Reduce Emissions?" Rabble, January 22, 2008.

"Carbon Tax and Emissions," Canadian Dimension, January 23, 2008.

“Why Canada needs a National Energy Plan,” The Monitor, Vol. 12, No. 8, (Feb 2006), pp. 1, 12-14.

"Use the surplus to benefit women," with Seth Klein, Vancouver Sun, Feb. 16, 2006. p. A17.

“Surplus presents opportunity,” with Seth Klein, The Daily Courier (Kelowna) Mon 20 Feb 2006, p. A9.

"Time for a Gender Fair Budget," with Seth Klein, The Tyee, Feb. 21, 2006. 

"4 Years of BC Public Policy Change," Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives website,

"This Government's Record: Policy Changes in B.C. since 2000," Teacher Newsmagazine, March 2005.

"Another Blackout Looming: Government inaction could leave millions in the dark again soon," (with Tom Campbell, Jack Casazza, John Wilson, Carl Wood) The Monitor, March 2005, p.13. 

"International Women's Day 2005," Outlook, Vol. 44, No. 2, March/April 2005.

"Women's Healthcare Jobs Threatened by Privatization," in Canadian Women's Health Network Magazine, Vol. 7, No. 2/3 (Summer/Fall, 2004). 

"A Return to Wage Discrimination," Network, July 2004.

"Fuss over proposed inheritance tax is much ado about nothing." Vancouver Sun op. ed., June 7, 2004. 

"Putting Inheritance Tax in Perspective," Halifax Chronicle Herald, June 14,2004. Op ed also printed in the following: The Peace River Block Daily News, June 8 The Prince Rupert Daily News, June 8 The Trail Daily Times, June 9 The Alaska Highway News,June 10 The Island Tides, June 17.

War in the Wards?" Island Tides, May 6, 2004. 

"IWA Health Care Deals Betray Women Workers," The Tyee April 29, 2004.

 "U.S. Regulatory Imperialism: Consequences for Electricity in Canada," Analysis in Global Political Economy, No. 2. Feb. 2004.

"How Privatization destroys Pay Equity: the example of health care." Friends of Women and Children in B.C. Report., January 2004.

"Canukistan Chained to Freedom," Canadian Dimension 40th anniversary issue. Sept./Oct. 2003.

"The Other 3Ps: People, Power and Politics: The demise of B.C. Hydro provides a textbook execution of crafty government semantics." The Republic, May, 2003.

"B.C. Hydro to be a shadow of former self once government restructuring is done." op.ed. The Province. Vancouver, May 22, 2003.

"Cronysim Thrives in Canadian Research Chair Hiring Process," CAUT Bulletin, May 2003.

"The Decline and Fall of Hydro," The Times Colonist, May 23, 2003.

"Victoria's policies bad news for B.C. women." Guardian Spring, 2003.

"Gutting a Power House," Coast Recorder, April 28, 2003.

"Hydro at the Crossroads," (with Murray Dobbin) Vancouver Sun May 21, 2002.

"Just Give Us the Money," SPARC News, Vol. 17, No. 3 (Spring 2001).

"Just Give Us the Money," Our Times, Vol. 20, No. 2 (May 2001).

"Pay Equity - Just Give Us the Money," The Record, March 11, 2001, (New Westminister). Also printed in the Times Colonist and the Trail newspaper.

"U.S. Energy Initiatives Threaten Price and supply of Electricity in B.C.," Vancouver Sun, January 24, 2001. 


Major Professional Activities

Director, New Grade Energy Inc., 2005-2007.

Director, B.C. Hydro, 1992-1996. 

Director, B.C. Power Exchange, 1993-96.

Commissioner, B.C. Industrial Inquiry Commission on the Fisheries, 1990-91.

B.C. Task Force on Bank Mergers (1998).

Board of Directors, and first Chair, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives - B.C., 1994-present.

Director, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (Ottawa), 1985-2004. 

Board of Directors, and first Chair, Citizens for Public Power, 2002-2008. Advisory Board 2008-present.

Human Rights Complaint against the discriminatory nature of the Canadian Research Chair Program Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, “Marjorie Cohen, et al., and Canadian Human Rights Commission and Industry Canada,” Mediation, May 29, Ottawa. (HR complaint from 2002-2009 with settlement reached).

Director, Rexdale Microskills Centre, 1984-88.

National Action Committee on the Status of Women:
Vice President, 1988-89; 1985-87; 1979-80.
Treasurer, 1977-79.
Employment and Economy Committee Chair, 1985-89.
Spokesperson, Pro-Canada Network, 1987-90.
Co-chair, Coalition Against Free Trade, 1985-89.
Editor, Status of Women News, 1977-1981.  

Editorial Board, Canadian Forum, 1977-1985).

Editorial Board, Labour/Le Travail, 1991-94. 

Editorial Board, Atlantis, 2000-2004.

Advisory Board, Canadian-American Public Policy, 2002-present.


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