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12 October 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Paternity leave is good for children

It’s all over the Australian papers today. A recent study by Dr Jennifer Baxter suggests that children do better the more time they spend with their fathers in their early years.  It also seems that if fathers take as little as two weeks of paternity leave to be with their newborn children they tend to […]

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01 May 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Lean In – only “half a loaf”?

“Half a loaf” is Lean In, the much talked about recent book by Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg; at least according to Anne-Marie Slaughter, another outspoken member of the upper echelons of America’s executive workforce, in her New York Time review,Yes, You Can.  And so it goes on, the bickering among feminists which has to have bogged down […]

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07 April 2013 ~ 1 Comment

Slaughter vs Sandberg

A key point of difference has been between those who push for women to behave more like men; and those who push for workplace structures and cultures to change to accommodate women.  The most recent manifestation is the contrasting viewpoints of two high profile American women, Anne-Marie Slaughter and Sheryl Sandberg.   One of the most […]

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08 January 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Maternal gatekeeping

      In the Age on 31 December 2013 Ben Hart complains that men are discouraged from fathering by mothers’ gatekeeping and other societal pressures.  He has a point.  Now that women are ready and able to do their share of the breadwinning, they must make it easy for their partners to do their fair share of […]

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04 September 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Children don’t have to be the biggest obstacle

In the August 25 issue of the Economist Schumpeter states the obvious when reports that the biggest obstacle to advancement for women in business is children.   The author goes on to report that some companies are really trying to change their corporate culture to help women get over this obstacle such as Unilver, McKinsey and […]

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09 April 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Diversity pays

That is the key finding in a report recently published by McKinsey.  According to the report: ‘The findings were startlingly consistent: for companies ranking in the top quartile of executive-board diversity, ROEs (returns on equity) were 53 percent higher, on average, than they were for those in the bottom quartile. At the same time, EBIT (earnings […]

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09 December 2011 ~ 0 Comments

The Bitch in the House

This book was a best seller in the US, a series of essays written by women about love, sex, marriage motherhood and work.  The writing is generally brilliant and brutally honest.  It makes you realise that most women, at least in the western world, share a good measure of angst, anger and dissatisfaction about the […]

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02 November 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Women are different

I have just read a book called The Female Brain by Dr Louann Brizendine (Bantam Press 2006).  It is a  very accessible summary of years of research which demonstrates clearly the differences between the male and female brain.  And yet these differences went unexamined for many years, beginning in the early 1970s, when unisex was […]

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12 April 2011 ~ 1 Comment

Finishing the Revolution

 I have just read two books coincidentally called The Unfinished Revolution (Kathleen Gerson, Oxford University Press, 2010) and The Incomplete Revolution (Gosta Esping-Andersen, Polity Press, 2009). The revolution to which they refer is the feminist movement, in particular the entry of women into the paid workforce.  Until this revolution is finished, we face “serious […]

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