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Liberal women such as those in the Morrison ministry, pictured here, should organise to achieve structural change - the only kind that ever sticks. AAP/Lukas Coch

Quotas are not pretty but they work – Liberal women should insist on them

The Liberal Party is at a crossroad in its history. It must take bold steps to ensure better representation in its ranks by introducing gender quotas.
Opposing demonstrators at a marriage-equality rally in front of the US Supreme Court in April 2015. Elvert Barnes/Flickr

Diversity predicaments on the campus: moral tribalism, free speech, and productive discomfort in a polarised world

Educators must work to ensure inclusion with diverse student bodies, yet it seems inevitable that in today's world, talking about identity issues can be risky and emotional. So how to move forward?
Anti-discrimination laws specifically cover gender, but the same is not true for many hate speech statutes in Australia. Shutterstock

The gender gap in Australia’s hate speech laws

It's a crime in many states and territories to publicly threaten or incite violence toward someone based on race, religion and sexual orientation. But what about gender?
Demonstrators rally in support of women’s rights at the Women’s March on Jan. 20, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Shutterstock)

Sexist barriers block women’s choice to be sterilized

Women face extraordinary difficulty in seeking the birth control method of sterilization due to sexist reproductive norms.
If vintage city design used to trap women in suburbia, what’s the modern city looking like? from shutterstock.com

How far have we come since the ’80s vision of the ‘non-sexist city’?

In the 1970s, a young urban planning professor, Dolores Hayden, believed that city design was the key to unlocking patriarchal structures that trapped women in the home. How much has the city changed?
With some foul-mouthed words to Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, Senator David Leyonhjelm has turned a debate about the safety of women into a sleazy political sideshow. AAP/Mick Tsikas/Sam Mooy

Sexist abuse has a long history in Australian politics – and takes us all to a dark place

Many female politicians have had to endure sexist abuse, from Cheryl Kernot to Julia Gillard to Sarah Hanson-Young. And it is not a matter that should simply be brushed aside.

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