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What’s on offer on issues that disproportionately affect women? Some minor tweaks that are useful but not change-making. AAP/Lukas Coch

Despite the rhetoric, this election fails the feminist test

By continuing to see policies that affect women in economic rather than social terms, both major parties are offering little in the way of improved gender equity.
Research shows when there are three women on a board, as opposed to one, they are seen as individuals rather than the “female voice”. Image sourced from Shutterstock.com

Companies prefer ticking boxes to breaking the glass ceiling

Australia's largest companies are happy to tick gender reporting boxes, but when it comes to pay equity they are largely silent.
Australia’s defining narratives are apparently stories by, for and about white cis men. George A. Spiva Center for the Arts

Three ways Screen Australia can actually improve diversity in the industry

Australia’s defining narratives are apparently, with rare exception, stories by, for and about white cis men. We need more than Screen Australia’s new measures to address gender equity in the film industry.
Even with Kate Winslet and Judy Davis cast in The Dressmaker, the film was considered too high a risk for international buyers. Courtesy of Universal Pictures.

We’re right to make a scene about gender equity in the Australian screen industry

If the Australian screen industry is to grow into the future and prosper, it cannot ignore the untapped creative talent and leadership potential of women. We need strategies to address this problem.
Evacuees gather at a rescue centre after this month’s floods in the Philippines. But for many women the danger doesn’t end here. EPA/Francis R. Malasig/AAP

Worldwide, climate change is worse news for women

Climate change isn't gender-neutral. The effects are likely to hit the world's poorest women hardest of all, because they are more likely to lack the resources to escape natural disasters or disease.
This is an unusual sight in business. Women are more likely to sit at the side of the room. The number one rule to be successful is to sit at the table. Shutterstock

Women need to start believing that they’re fabulous – then we’ll start to see change

Women need to start believing in themselves to be successful. Men own their success but women attribute it to external factors. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg learned this a while back.
Where are the women? Though light on female representation, the G20 finance ministers and central bank governors can’t ignore the role women could play towards boosting economic growth. Drew Angerer/EPA/AAP

Why Joe Hockey and the G20 need women onside

Many Australian women will know the G20 summit is coming up in Brisbane, but they may not think it has much relevance to their daily lives. But that is not the case. Joe Hockey needs us, and he may not…
The ‘girls’, with their good looks, charm and youthful determination, were fully aware of the tough demands of the job. Qantas

Flying high: the Qantas battle for pay equity resonates 20 years on

On October 27 a group of Qantas female flight attendants will celebrate with Justice Michael Kirby and their legal team the 20th anniversary of an industrial relations victory against Qantas. Such is the…
Many Muslim nations fare poorly for gender equity, but there are steps they can take and examples they can follow to make sure girls are properly educated. Flickr/Nevil Zaveri

Gender equity in schools in Muslim countries: it can be done

Muslim countries worldwide have problems with gender equality. They dominate the bottom ten countries in the Global Gender Gap Report and none of the ten most successful countries offering equal opportunities…
Covert sexism is typically wrapped in normal communication or interactions. Shutterstock

Overt or covert, sexism at work causes real harm

It is fairly common for media to report incidents of overt sexism and sexual harassment at work. Colleagues demanding sexual favours and verbal and physical abuse are examples of behaviour that have been…
A rarity. Nancy Rothwell, vice-chancellor of Manchester University, honoured by the Queen. Chris Jackson/PA

Only 17% of UK universities are run by women – why?

Women now form 56.5% of the student body, make up 53.8% of the whole workforce and occupy 45% of academic jobs in higher education in the United Kingdom. But their representation declines dramatically…
New budget measures are going to adversely affect young women more so than young men. Shutterstock

Higher education changes: another hit for Australian women?

In a recent radio interview, federal Education Minister Christopher Pyne refused to contemplate a hypothetical situation that involved young women doing all the heavy lifting under his government’s plans…
A modern rarity. Tulane Public Relations

No more excuses for the lack of women experts on air

Executives from four major news providers – BBC, ITN, Channel 4 and Sky – have pledged to try to improve the number of women interviewed as experts on their programmes; and this summer will be the test…
Watering down gender equality reporting would mean a data void on progress towards closing the gender gap. UNDP/Flickr

Gender equality reporting is not ‘red tape’

Amid the federal government’s broader agenda to cut red tape, business groups are reportedly lobbying the federal government to weaken legislation requiring companies to report on gender equality measures…

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