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When pay rates are individually negotiated, women tend to do less well. Image sourced from

Let’s talk about your pay, and loudly

With the gender pay gap refusing to go away, it's time more people were encouraged to discuss their salary openly.
Gemma Arterton and Dagenham veterans protest outside parliament. Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Made in Britain: how the UK became a worse place for women to work

News that the West End musical Made in Dagenham will close in April is disappointing on two fronts. Ignore for a moment what it says about the viability of new theatre productions in the capital, and consider…
The B20, charged with representing the interests of the wealthy international business community, has low female representation. Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet/Flickr

The other gender equality gap Australia needs to talk about

The G20 leaders have committed to reduce the gap between male and female workforce participation rates by 25% by 2025. The gender equality focus by many of the leaders during the summit, including UN Secretry-General…
UN Women Goodwill Ambassador and actor Emma Watson launched the HeForShe Campaign at the United Nations headquarters in New York, 20 September. EPA/JASON SZENES

126,000 reasons why the Emma Watson hoax isn’t all bad news

In less than a week since actor Emma Watson’s stirring United Nations speech on gender inequality, two big things have happened – but you’ve probably only heard about one of them. The first, which has…
An overwhelming majority of university leaders in Australia are male. Flickr/David Burke

Female leaders are missing in academia

Women make up 64% of Pro Vice Chancellors, 65% of Deputy Vice Chancellors and 77% of Vice Chancellors in Australian universities. Would such a headline cause a reader to re-scan the article to make sure…
You can’t calculate for a confidence gap. AlenKadr/Shutterstock

One way to fix the gender gap in academia – only hire women

If you want more women in your organisation, advertise jobs that are designated for women only. That’s what Delft University of Technology did. Delft had a problem. It had too few women faculty members…
We prefer experimenting on our food, rather than cooking it. Neil Munns/PA Archive

Girls are kept out of science jobs by unhelpful stereotypes

The number of girls taking A-level physics has remained stagnant for the past 20 years or more, and the UK has the lowest proportion of female engineers in the EU. Progress on gender equality in science…
This is a stock image of a happy female academic. She hasn’t realised she isn’t likely to make professor. Image sourced from

Stereotypes of women and work leave academics out of the picture

In a clever marketing move, Facebook’s finance chief Sheryl Sandberg and stock photography supplier Getty Images recently released a series of photos which represented women in “more empowering ways…

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