Jobs in female-dominated ‘caring’ occupations are driving both full-time and part-time employment growth in Australia.
With most new jobs going to women, their workforce participation rate is growing at nine times the rate for men. But, while participation is on track for parity in a decade, pay is another matter.
Luvia Hernandez Gomez, right, receives a monthly stipend from the Mexican government to help take care of her niece, center, and daughter, left.
Mexico gives poor, jobless moms up to $147 a month to feed and educate their kids. But money with strings attached may actually overburden women while freeing up their husbands' time and money.
Frankenstein’s monster in the Hollywood Wax Museum. The fictional character first appeared in Mary Shelley’s novel in 1818.
By showing us a world from which mothers are largely absent, Mary Shelley reminds us that the genius of motherhood lies less in biological reproduction than in the capacity to love.
Informal Head Porters carry take their babies with them in Accra’s Kantamanto Market, in Ghana.
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Adequate and quality childcare determines women’s participation in the labour force and the type of work they can take on.
More women than men were left standing after the war and pandemic.
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With many men 'missing' from the population in the aftermath of the 1918 flu, women stepped into public roles that hadn't previously been open to them.
A woman worker collects roses at a flower farm in Naivasha, Kenya.
Large companies have a big role to play in ensuring women’s rights are protected in industries such as horticulture.
Women in media joined other women demanding equality in the 1970s.
In the 1970s thousands of women in media took their employers to court over pay inequality. While many were successful, similar cases today show the fight for equality has a long way to go.
Activists protest against gender violence outside Mexico’s General Prosecutor’s office in Mexico City on July 11, 2017.
Urban planning is not gender neutral. Women deserve to live in cities that treat them equally, respond to their needs and reduce opportunities of violence.
Judge May Lahey (left) with actor Jean Harlow in 1932.
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Dame Roma Mitchell is remembered as Australia's first female judge. But Queenslander May Lahey beat her to the punch when she became a judge in Los Angeles in 1928. Her lack of recognition is symptomatic of how Australia remembers expats, particularly women.
Women’s activism has indeed enabled progress to be made in norms and direct gender regulation, but it has not prevented, the growth of market liberalism that has increased regulation distance in many areas.
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The weakening of collective rights and employment protections has harmed the relative position of women in ways that have offset gains through changing values and individual rights.
In an ideal world of gender equality and recognition for women’s work, surrogacy could perhaps be part of a paid, legitimate economy.
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As the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society urges the government to consider "compensation" for surrogacy, we need to talk about the implications of this rhetoric for women.
Latrobe Ladies Football Club in 1921, one of Australia’s first women’s football clubs.
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Women's soccer had just found its feet in the roaring '20s when state ruling bodies began to force female players from the field.
One study found women were four times more likely to experience anxiety than their male colleagues in similar jobs.
The long term financial consequences of the pay gap are clear; but could there also been impacts on health?
Both sides of the debate are promising to cut European red tape – which seems to mean cutting equality laws.
Want to know how your salary jar stacks up?
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Pay transparency laws are the latest effort to eliminate the still-yawning gap between the salaries of men and women. Do they work?
The Southern Stars celebrate winning the Royal London One Day International Series in 2015.
There's been plenty of commentary about Novak Djokovic's recent remarks on women's bodies and the pay gap in sport. He's right that men and women are different – but female athletes are working a lot harder.
Good employment data obscure the slow pace of jobs growth for women.
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It's true Australia is seeing the highest ever female workforce participation rate but there's still a long way to go.
Women who live in countries with more generous childcare policies are more likely to start growth-oriented businesses.
Women in countries with better access to policies like paid leave and subsidized child care are more likely to start a business oriented toward growth and job creation.
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Across Europe, there has been a rise in the number of women earning the most in their family.
A South African woman needs to work two months more than a man to earn the equivalent salary in a year.
The South African gender pay gap is estimated, on average, to be between 15% and 17%. Employers are benefiting unduly from the historic undervaluing of women’s skills and contributions.