International Women’s Day – some things to celebrate but more work to do

It is International Women’s Day again and surveying the scene here in Australia for women I find much to celebrate. Yet there remains much work to do for the women of Australia. Here we see, for the first time, a crop of women in senior political leadership positions. GOVERNOR GENERAL & STATE GOVERNORS Quentin Bryce – Governor General Marie Bashir – Governor of NSW Penelope … Continue reading International Women’s Day – some things to celebrate but more work to do

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

Women: The State of Play via APESMA #equalpayday

APESMA 2009-10 Women in the Professions Survey Report has just been released and it contains some sobering reading about how women are still treated unfairly and inequitably in the workplace. As noted on the APESMA site: Nearly 70% of respondents said that taking maternity/parental leave – including unpaid leave – was likely to be detrimental to their career, despite legally having access to these provisions. … Continue reading Women: The State of Play via APESMA #equalpayday

Who else is interested in the future?

Here’s a short video with another person I met at the Future Summit 09 in Melbourne. This is Alex Jones, who is Chairman of the Deafness Forum of Australia, he’s talking to us in Auslan (Australian Sign Language). Alex raises the really important issue of access for all. After all, what’s a great future if we call can’t share in it? What he’s saying is: … Continue reading Who else is interested in the future?

IWD: International Women’s Day & the IT industry

What a surprise- another year of women complaining that there are not enough women in the IT industry! We get the token female CEO or CIO to talk at our IWD lunches & we all shake our heads in horror that there are not more women in the industry. Why aren’t there more women in the IT industry? Perhaps because to get a start you … Continue reading IWD: International Women’s Day & the IT industry