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Marjorie Griffin Cohen

Professor emeritus, Simon Fraser University

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 issues concerning, the Canadian economy, women, labour, electricity deregulation, energy, climate change and labour, and international trade agreements.

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 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; and was the first Chair of the BC Fair Wages Commission. She was also instrumental in establishing the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives in B.C. and 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.


  • 1991–2016
    Professor, Simon Fraser University
  • 1987–1991
    Professor, Ontario Institute for the Studies in Education


  • 1985 
    York University, Ph.D.
  • 1970 
    New York University, M.A., Economics


Equity Award from the Canadian Association of University Teachers, 2021 • Charles Taylor Prize for Excellence in Policy Research, Broadbent Institute 2020 • John Kenneth Galbraith Prize in Economics and Social Justice, 2016 •. Simon Fraser University President’s Lifetime Achievement Award for activities in Public Affairs. The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.