Monthly Archives: May 2013

Anne Summers: Why is ‘quotas’ still the scariest word in business?

Why are quotas in buisness seen as such a bad thing ? Anne Summers is this article talks about the business world’s reluctance too look at quotas for women even in the face of it working successfully in other countries.


Women in male-dominated industries: a toolkit of strategies

‘This toolkit is designed to assist leaders in organisations to develop and implement constructive and sustainable strategies to increase the representation of women in non-traditional roles in male-dominated industries. It provides practical suggestions and examples of different kinds of workplace strategies and mechanisms across four areas of: attraction, recruitment, retention and development of women’. It’s available here

EQUALITY. INCLUSION. RESPECT: A Great article by Anne Summers

Anne Summers in this great article explains that it is not only  equal pay and equal conditions that women need and deserve. In order for women to truly to get a FAIR DEAL they need respect.



There are three pillars of feminism: none of them can hold up the concept without the others. ANNE SUMMERS explains why women need to fight for each of them.

Harnessing Australia’s Older Female Workforce – Report | Pro Bono Australia

Harnessing Australia’s Older Female Workforce – Report | Pro Bono Australia


New research exploring how workplaces use the skills and talents of Australia’s older female workforce has found these women represent a sizeable and growing segment of the labour force but Australian organisations are failing to harness their skills and talents.

Update on the ACTU’s Time to Care campaign: Time to get involved

The ACTU’s campaign for improved entitlements for carers in the workforce is hotting up. Want to get involved? Please do.

For more information go to or down load the ACTU’s Time to Care Lobbying Kit for Alliance Supporters to see what you can do to improve the entitlements of carers in the workplace. Time to Care Lobbying Kit Alliance Supporters

State of the World’s Mothers 2013:Australia the best place in the southern hemisphere to be a mother.

Every year Save the Children’s State of the World’s Mothers report reminds us of the inextricable link between the well-being of mothers and their children. The report compares 176 countries globally, showing which are succeeding – and which are failing – in saving the lives of mothers and their newborn babies.

The report looks at factors such as mother’s health, education and economic status, as well as critical child indicators such as health and nutrition.

According to the new findings, Australia is the best place in the southern hemisphere to be a mother, and is the only non-European country in the top ten, which places Finland at number one, followed by Sweden and Norway.

In the Asia Pacific more widely, Singapore is the best place to be a mother after Australia – above even the United Kingdom (23rd) and the United States (30th

To read report go to

Federal budget a mixed bag according to Early Childhood Australia

Early Childhood Australia applauds the Government’s big picture reforms including DisabilityCare and the National Plan for School Improvement in this year’s Federal Budget but  doesn’t belive that the Federal government has gone far enough. Early Childhood Australia is disappointed with the lack of investment in the early years and in the government’s failure to streamline the Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate.

To find out more, read Early Childhood Australia’s Federal budget media release.