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12 November 2013 ~ 0 Comments

The Women’s Agenda

Just a brief post to note I have just had an article published on The Women’s Agenda, the headline:  Arianna Huffington and Anne-Marie Slaughter fight for a better way to work.  We should too. 

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08 August 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Having it all

I am a bit slow off the mark but must refer you to an  article in the July/August 2013 edition of  Atlantic Monthly, Why Women Still Can’t Have it all.  Written by Anne-Marie Slaughter, academic, foreign policy analyst, and public commentator, who bravely brings to light a reality that still impedes women progressing to top ranks – […]

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04 August 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Grandparents doing more

  As reported in The Saturday Age on-line today (Editor’s Choice “GW: Back to the Nursery”)  grandparents in Australia in 2011 are devoting 26% more time to looking after their grandchildren than they did in 2008.  Bridget Jenkins, who is doing her PhD on the topic, cannot fully explain why.  It is possibly due to the lack […]

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13 April 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Leaving men to hold the baby

Leaving men to hold the baby

Apparently it pays for mothers and fathers to play tag, working jobs that take them away from home at different times.   This is because when both parents are present with their children, it is generally the mother who plays the role of primary carer, so that fathers are less directly engaged with their children, even […]

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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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28 September 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Tax breaks for nannies

  A letter I wrote to the editor of The Age was published on 10/9/2011 as follows: ‘End macho culture CAROLYN Hewson believes we need a ”nanny culture” in Australia (Business Day, 8/9). The real issue is the cost of nannies here relative to overseas, which makes nannies prohibitive for many women. If government really […]

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23 April 2011 ~ 3 Comments

Pumping Milk at Work

Pumping Milk at Work

Corporate women in the US do not need to breast feed their babies anymore.  They can return to work well before baby is weaned, utilising motorised breast pumps in their firm’s Lactation Room to express their breast milk at regular intervals.  A cute photograph of baby can ease the milk’s “let down”.  Sent straight home by Fedex […]

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25 March 2011 ~ 4 Comments

The changing role of home

The changing role of home

  Since women have joined the paid workforce, homes have changed from places of production to places of consumption. So observed Dr Ann Stephen in a booklet published by Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum in 1990. Working mothers rarely bake, preserve or stew.  Nor do they knit, sew, mend or make.  They haven’t the time. Instead they work […]

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