Gender parity in Australia

Bain & Company have just released a brief titled “Level the playing field: A call for action on gender parity in Australia”. The key findings are: Australian men are 1.4 times more likely to believe that gender parity should be a strategic priority than men surveyed in the US and Europe 9 in 10 women and 7 in 10 men believe that gender parity should … Continue reading Gender parity in Australia

Girl Develop IT Sydney launches successfully #ozgdi

Girl Develop IT Sydney kicked off well last night with thirty eight students, led by the indomitable Pamela Fox and a number of teaching assistants. Women from all sorts of jobs and backgrounds came along to grapple with the basics of web development – with the youngest still in high school. The first session covered the basics of HTML and history of the web. Next … Continue reading Girl Develop IT Sydney launches successfully #ozgdi

More on Women, housework & the 21st century

My post the other day on this topic revealed my complete ignorance of house & home magazines (this deficiency in my reading was kindly pointed out in a recent comment). I have rushed to the store to get hold of a bunch of womens’ magazines and have been reading them with a critical eye for ‘housework mania‘ inducing words and imagery. Well I must confess … Continue reading More on Women, housework & the 21st century

Women, housework & the 21st century

It is astonishing that many women in the west still seem to be obsessed with housework and cleaning in spite of the advances women have made in the past 100 years. A recent series of visits to various online women’s groups (that are ostensibly about something else) showed a focus, in an almost unhealthy way, upon housework. Many of the women in these groups express … Continue reading Women, housework & the 21st century

The great maternity leave debate

I do not have children, nor do I plan to reproduce – so I suppose you could say I have no skin in this particular game. But I’ve been thinking about the debates around maternity leave and the low birthrate that have occurred recently in Australia. The key problem does not actually seem to be paid maternity leave for a number of weeks after the … Continue reading The great maternity leave debate

Family Friendly or Punishing the Childless?

One thing that the big focus nowadays on so-called ‘family friendly’ workplaces (including maternity/paternity/parental leave) has overlooked is that this excludes the many people who for various reasons do not have children. The question is ‘what about us’? While parents are getting time off, more ‘family friendly’ rosters are implemented (etc.) who but the childless are left holding the fort in this 24×7 world of … Continue reading Family Friendly or Punishing the Childless?

Good post on women in security

There is an interesting commentary on women in security on http://www.oneeyedcrow.net “Okay, rant time. In quick succession, the subject of women in the security field has come up several times this week. Many of the male security geeks I know have no idea why there aren’t more women in the field. Well, in a nutshell, this post and others like it are why. Pathetic script … Continue reading Good post on women in security