Monthly Archives: October 2013

Women in Leadership: In his Own Words a report by Ernst & Young

As Australia’s progress towards gender equity in the workplace slows, prominent male leaders from the public and private sectors speak candidly about why gender equity is a national imperative, why diversity initiatives alone aren’t working – and the changes Australia needs to embrace for everyone’s benefit. So what do you think? 

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The Sydney Morning Herald October 25: Some men ‘fear competing with women

Leading chief executives have conceded that many Australian companies have a problem with women in senior roles, saying some men “fear having to compete with women”

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World Economic Forum: Global gender gap report 2013 Australia ranked 24th

 The report measures the size of the gender inequality gap in four areas: economic participation and opportunity-salaries, participation and highly skilled employment; educational attainment—access to basic and higher levels of education; political empowerment—representation in decision-making structures; and Health and survival—life expectancy and sex ratio.

Australia was ranked 24th overall out of 133 participating countries. While this is an improvement of one place since 2012, Australia has slipped 9 places since 2006 when we enjoyed 15th  place ranking. Australia now falls behind countries such as Burundi, Cuba, Nicaragua, South Africa and Lesotho.

The top ten countries are Iceland, Finland, Norway, Sweden, the Philippines, Ireland, New Zealand, Denmark, Switzerland and Nicaragua.  The  USA is ranked 23rd, Canada 20th, and China 69th.

For more details click the link to the report.

2013 ERNIE Awards: Find out who made the most offensive sexist comments in 2013.

2013 Ernie Award Winners
For 20 years the Ernie’s have shone a light on the most sexist comments made in the public arena in Australia.   On October the 9th, 23 winners were announced in a gala event with wall to wall feminists that what a fair deal for women.
and the  GOLD ERNIE  went to …
Wesley College students for distributing stubby holders bearing the words “It’s not rape if it’s my birthday.”
Click to find out who the other  winners were

From ProBono News: Removing Unconscious Bias – A Workplace imperative

Organisations need to work harder to address their work practices and remove ‘unconscious bias’ against women employees, according to Westpac’s Chief Executive of Australian Financial Services, Brian Hartzer.

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Richmond appoints AFL’s first female club president

Congratulations to Peggy O’Neal’s FIRST FEMALE PRESIDENT of an AFL Club . Another glass ceiling broken
Richmond appoints AFL’s first female club president
Lawyer Peggy O’Neal has become the first female president in AFL history, taking over the reins at Richmond in a surprise announcement on Thursday

WIRE: Free course for women who want to know more about how gender impacts economic security and what you can do about it.

You and Money: Free 5-wk course for women (starts Thurs 24/10) Places limited.

5 Thursdays 11am – 1pm | Starts 24 October 2013 |WIRE 372 Spencer St, West Melbourne

Rather walk over hot coals than talk about money? 

If your answer is YES, you’re not alone and this course is for you! 

Join us for this FREE independently-run jargon-free and judgement-free course just for women over 5 weeks.

Numbers are limited to 10 so book early and don’t miss out!

In this 5-week course you will:

  • Identify realistic financial goals and develop a plan to meet your goals
  • Learn about credit cards
  • Get tips on how to save for things that are important to you
  • Learn about superannuation
  • Discover how being a woman affects you financially throughout your life and what you can do about it

5 Session dates: Thursdays 24 & 31 October and  14, 21 & 28 November 2013
Time: 11am to 1pm
Venue: WIRE 372 Spencer Street, West Melbourne

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All women are welcome! 
For details please contact WIRE on (03) 9348 9416 (option 2) or email