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We already know how to stop domestic violence: close the inequity gap

Domestic violence has been described as an “epidemic” in Australian society. But freelance writer Bec Zajac says the key to ending violence against women has been well known for some time.

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Get Fact: do men make much more than women for the same job?

Australian men are said to earn 17.1% more than Australian women, and even those in the same jobs are paid 10% more just for being men. Right? Well, not exactly …

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Stop talking about gender diversity and actually hire women

Women are still woefully underrepresented on Australian boards and at the top Australian companies. Women’s Agenda’s Georgina Dent says the solution isn’t a best-practice resources kit — it’s hiring women.

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Follow Friday: @ivymix, who thinks drinks and champions women

Meet Ivy Mix, who through nominative determinism, a sense of fun and just plain grit is making a big name for herself — and women — in the blokey world of bartending. It’s another Crikey Follow Friday …

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How Swedish movie theatres are advancing gender equality

Movie theatres in Sweden are going to rate films as to whether they pass the “Bechdel test”. Women’s Agenda journalist Jordi Roth reports on what this could mean for women’s equality — on and off screen.

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Encouraged women perform better than they expect

The gender issue stymies efforts by women to break through stigma, says Dr Leslie Cannold

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The message to Alan Jones from PNG: ‘enough is enough’

Alan Jones reckons women are “destroying the joint” and money should not be wasted on helping Pacific women. Jo Chandler invites Jones to come to PNG with her to see for himself what life is like there.

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World’s worst region for women in power? Right next door

There are few countries where women remain unrepresented in parliament, but several those are right on Australia’s doorstep. Angela Priestley of Women’s Agenda.

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The political leader who told women to ignore gender discrimination

Asked for advice by a woman who said she was experiencing discrimination in her position as a local councillor, SA opposition leader Isobel Redmond suggested she ignore it. Suzie Keen was outraged.

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Gender parity an electoral albatross around the ALP’s neck

As long as the participation of women lurks below 50%, prospects of reform or reinvention in the Australian Labor Party are limited, writes Tanja Kovac.

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Sacrebleu! The French repeal female pants ban!

The equal rights for women campaign has reached a new level in France.

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Housework’s got to be done, but must it make us ‘happy’?

Sometimes, the responsibility to be Australia’s fourth estate — our public moral voice — can be a little closer to home … or even in the home itself.

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As Middle East moves ahead, are women getting left behind?

Women in Egypt organised a march for equality this week that resulted in a violent clash with a male crowd. As Middle Eastern countries fight against oppression, there’s a growing concern that democracy might not include women’s rights.

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Cox: being a stamp is OK, but I’m still pushing the envelope

What does it feel like being a postage stamp? Odd, writes Eva Cox, who “accepted on behalf of the stirrers and advocates”. Even if she has to put up with the jokes about people licking her backside.

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You know what women want?

Women want an end to stupid articles about what women want, writes Kim Powell the news with nipples blog site.

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Norway shows gender equality isn’t just about women

While Australia has a long way to go in terms of even understanding how gender equity can look in our workplaces and homes, our maverick “just do it” culture means we could quickly catch up to Europe if we chose to take a bigger-picture view, writes Claire Braund.

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Cox: gender blindness and corporate incompetence

The World Economic Forum released its latest gender-gap rankings this week, with Australia ranked 27th overall. We have fallen from 17th in 2007, despite having a female PM, G-G and two premiers.

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Australia falling down the gender gap rankings

Australia is falling down the list in an international ranking of equality between men and women.

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Australia still way behind on gender equality

In the lead up to polling day, Labor announced an “equality for women” policy that just about nobody even heard about. It demonstrates that this important issue has gone off the radar. Time to bring it back, writes Marian Sawer.

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The Awl | JOURNALISM|

The difference between men and women freelancers

The ‘women undersell themselves, men oversell themselves’ issue continues, with The Awl comparing how different men and women freelancers pitch stories to them. Men are direct, women are apologetic.

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Economix Blog | ECONOMY|

Workin’ 9 to 5, the way for ladies to make a living

When it comes to working hours, it’s men who are far more likely to work the night shift. Is it one of the reasons that women earn less?

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The blokes who should step aside for female directors

It’s time for Australia to fix its woeful record when it comes to female representation on public company boards. Here’s some suggestions of which men should clear out to give the ladies some room.

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The Age | LINKS|

How to be a male feminist

Feminism isn’t an abstract idea. It’s enforcing the separation of labour, having a true partnership and not accepting that men should work more because they earn more, writes Damon Young.

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Economist | COMPANIES|

French women get equality, as long as they’re beautiful

France is to become the second country in the world with a quota of women on company boards. But oh la la, is this turning into a policy to get wives and girlfriends of bosses appointed, pretty things who’ll be seen and not heard?

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The Times (UK) | LINKS|

Women need to drop their standards

Advice to women: don’t bother trying to have it all, you’ll only fail. Balancing families and work with pretty clothes and home cooked meals can only end in disaster, writes Minette Marrin.

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