Monthly Archives: November 2013

COAG report Tracking Equity for women and girls

COAG’s report on equity for women and girls attracted a lot of attention last week in the media.  Not only for not only what it said but what it did not say. John Brumby the Chair of the committee that developed the report described as a  ‘baffling contrast’ when describing the phenomena of  women and girls being in general more highly educated than men but women still lagging behind in pay equity and earning on average 17.5% less than men. Some commentators have described this as not being baffling at all, but a product of the discrimination that women face in the workforce.

Below is a link to the report and to some commentary circulating last week

SMH: COAG reports girls ahead at school but women lag in pay stakes

women starting to fall behind: The Conversation  

Women’s Agenda: Dear Prime Minster COAG says its time to act on Gender inequity

Tracking Equity comparing women and girls across Australia


Women in Super: Open letter to the PM ‘Please prioritise low income earners’

Read Women in Super’s open letter to the Prime Minister urging the coalition to prioritise funding of the Low Income Superannuation Contribution (LISC). WIRE Women’s Information, Economic Security4Women,the ACTU and over 50 other prominent signatories from the superannuation industry, business, academia, women’s organisations, and policy and community groups have signed the open letter.

National inquiry into pregnancy and return to work

National inquiry into pregnancy and return to work

Pregnant woman
Photo: flickr/Kit4na

Despite laws and policies in Australia protecting employees against discrimination while pregnant, seeking parental leave or returning to work after parental leave, many people are often demoted, forced to resign, made redundant or receive unfavourable treatment during this time.

Unions hear these stories all the time, but we need to let decision-makers in government know about them too.

The Australian Human Rights Commission is now conducting an inquiry into pregnancy at work and returning to work after parental leave.

The ACTU will be making a submission, and we want about people’s experiences. Click below to find out how.

National inquiry into pregnancy and return to work

Why we have too few women leaders : A TED talk by Sheryl Sandberg

This TED talk is a couple years old now but still worth a listen. COO of Facebook Sheryl Sandberg  after giving this talk wrote ‘Lean In’  a best seller discussing women and the workforce. Sheryl in her book and TED talk acknowledges  the cultural bias against women and the sexism they confront in the workforce particularly when they take up leadership position.    Her answer  challenge the  gender bias by talking about it openly  and acting in deviance  of the guilt, social norms and family/ community expectations  that can hold women back.

Click link below to watch the TED talk