In 1967, the Government of Canada appointed a Royal Commission on the Status of Women with a mandate to “inquire into the status […] of women in Canada…to ensure for women equal opportunities with men in all aspects of Canadian society.” The establishment of the Commission, chaired by respected journalist Florence Bird, was initially greeted with derision.1 The report of the Commission, tabled in 1970, contained recommendations addressing a wide range of issues, and included a recommendation for legislative change to address the issue of equal work for equal value. Though many of the recommendations, including this one, continued to be controversial, and stimulated extensive and lively debate, the report constituted an important milestone in placing the status of women before governments and the Canadian public in a substantive way.