For so long Gail Kelly has been a symbol of what a successful woman looks like in the finance and banking sector. She is a symbol and a beacon of hope to many. The question should not be which woman will take her place but how many women should take their place at the top. There needs to be more room at the top for women one spot was not, and will never be good enough.
This article from the Sydney Morning Herald makes the point that for there to be equality in the workplace and at home both men and women need workplace flexibility to care for children. To not do so is to assign women only to the role of child carer.
So was Gender and the Agenda at the G20 summit. Well a little bit . The gender wealth is getting worse in Australia.Young single men are getting wealthy whilst young single women are falling further behind. Read this great article in The Conversation today (17.11.2014) to read about why and learn about commitments made at the G20 about addressing the issue .
The gender wealth gap among mid-age singles (35-55 years) jumped from 4 per cent to 28 per cent between 2002 and 2010.
Now a days if you are a successful woman it goes with the territory that you will be asked if you are a feminist. There seems to be two responses: 1 My success is proof that discrimination does not exist and women need to stop whinging or 2 my success is despite of the discrimination that women face everyday and I will work to end that discrimination. Tanya Plibersek wrote a fantastic opinion piece in the Sydney Morning Herald on why she is a feminist. A great read