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
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
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
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.