Men and women need workplace flexibility to care for children

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.

http://www.smh.com.au/national/workplaces-havent-kept-up-with-contemporary-fatherhood-study-shows-20141112-11l34s.html

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The other gender equality gap Australia needs to talk about

julie bishop g20

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 .

Closing the gender gap

Tanya Plibersek: Why I am a feminist

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

http://http://www.smh.com.au/comment/tanya-plibersek-why-im-a-feminist-20141112-11ktdn.html

Gough Whitlam dies Age 98: Reflections

GOUGH WHITLAM DISMISSAL LETTER

With the death of Gough Whitlam Australia has been reflecting on Australia’s Whitlam era . Like it or hate it it was a time of great change. Many changes made life better for women and children here are just some of them.

  • Implemented Equal Pay for Women,
  • launched an Inquiry into Education and the Funding of Government and Non-government
  • Schools on a Needs Basis,
  • Abolished Tertiary Education Fees,
  • Established the Tertiary Education Assistance Scheme (TEAS),
  • Increased pensions,
  • Established Medibank (medicare today),
  •  Passed the Family Law Act establishing No-Fault Divorce,
  •  Passed a series of laws banning Racial and Sexual Discrimination,
  • Extended Maternity Leave and Benefits for Single Mothers,
  •  Initiated Australia’s first Federal Legislation on Human Rights, the Environment and Heritage,
  • Established the Legal Aid Office,
  • Established the Prices Justification Tribunal,
  •  Implemented a national employment and training program.

But there is  so much more that happened in just 3 years  The Conversation got several experts to reflect on the Whitlam ‘s life and legacy . Read to learn more  https://theconversation.com/gough-whitlams-life-and-legacy-experts-respond-33228

Victorian Election Special WIRE women’s Information Event: How will the major political parties’ election commitments affect women?

To find out  come to WIRE Women’s Information 372 Spencer St, West Melbourne

Date: Thursday 13 November  Time: 10am – 11.30am

Read the flyer to find out more

http://www.wire.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/State-Election-QA-Flyer.pdf

ES4W Report:School-based strategies actively encouraging girls and young women to explore careers in non-traditional occupations

Economic Security 4 Women ( eS4W)  has released a new report that explores women and girls moving into non- traditional occupations  ion addition to industries and broadening the career options for secondary school options.

Link to report  http://www.security4women.org.au/wp-content/uploads/eS4W-Career-Exploration-Project-Report-201406151.pdf