Another devotee of work life balance

    A helpful friend sent me a Youtube link to a TED talk by Nigel Marsh, author of Fired Fat and Fifty and other books on work life balance.  He expresses well my own thoughts on the issue.  He believes that if we all work at it, “we can change society’s definition of success away […]

Grandparents doing more

04 August 2012 ~ 0 Comments

  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 […]

An up-date

03 August 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Back on the blog after a busy time.  The Lucid 30 portraits 30 days was a great success even though it “nearly killed” the artist, Vincent Fantauzzo (and the Lucid team!).  What a feat producing 30 portraits of inspirational Australians in 30 days.   Lucid is a new social enterprise established by Anex, a public health […]

Leaving men to hold the baby

13 April 2012 ~ 0 Comments

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 […]

Diversity pays

09 April 2012 ~ 0 Comments

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 […]

Bossypants wisdom

Tina Fey, US television writer, comic and actor, thinks one of the rudest questions you can ask a working mother is “How do you juggle it all?”, the implication being “You are fucking it all up aren’t you?”  Her standard response concedes that she has the same struggles as everyone else but with the good luck to […]

Do you like my new header?

09 January 2012 ~ 1 Comment

The photo which appears as my header above was taken by my friend, Linda Wachtel, a photographer among other things who is currently completing her MFA (Photography) at Monash University. It is part of a series she has taken in connection with her thesis, The Expressive Power of Space ,  an  examination of the relationship […]

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 […]

Women are different

02 November 2011 ~ 0 Comments

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 […]

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 […]