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Sexist attitudes in Australia are on the rise, young women tell gender study

Plan Australia recently  interviewed 1000  Australian girls and young women ranging from age 14 – 25 the results were disturbing. More than 30% of those interviewed believed it would be easier to achieve their ideal career role if they were male. Read more about Plan Australia’s research and its finding on how attitude towards gender effects young women’s career choices and careers .

Sexist attitudes in Australia are on the rise, young women tell gender study

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Parents losing up to 60pc of income when they return to work, as childcare costs soar: report

‘Research by the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM) and AMP says mothers on minimum wage may only keep a fraction of their earnings, with some effectively working for just $3.50 an hour.’

Whilst paying for child care is the responsibility of  both parents as a result of the gender pay gap and societal expectations of women taking on caring roles it is often the women who doesn’t return to work if child care is considered too expensive. This has a negative impact on the women’s life long earning capacity  and ability to maintain a successful and fulfilling career. Both factors that see women more vulnerable to poverty.

To read more about this issue click links below

ABC News article: ‘Parents losing up to 60pc of income when they return to work as child care costs soar ‘ http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-06-22/parents-losing-up-to-60pc-of-income-after-returning-to-work/5541598

Women’s Agenda:  Should mum or dad pay for childcare? http://www.womensagenda.com.au/talking-about/editor-s-agenda/should-mum-or-dad-pay-for-childcare/201406224207#.U6-rr_mSxpF

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