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Annabel Crabb needs a wife — and you do, too

The veteran ABC writer and broadcaster was in fine form at the launch of her new book. If only she had a wife to corral her three children, it might have gone off without a hitch.

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Caro’s Flotsam and Jetsam: screw you all edition

Let’s tackle the real bludgers in our society — pensioners, young people trying to get an education and asylum seekers. Screw ‘em!

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Poetry and protest

Crikey readers talk art, protest, the Sydney Biennale, internships and whether traditional “women’s work” is undervalued.

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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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Few Oz businesses giving the green light to gender diversity

Just 8% of Australian companies are making a demonstrable commitment to gender divsersity principles, writes Women’s Agenda acting editor Georgina Dent.

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Pollies collect perks while working-class women struggle

Crikey readers talk Edward Snowden, the Newstart Allowance and why the heck anyone is going to vote for an Abbott government.

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Greens take over where ALP left off

Crikey readers have their say on the Greens, Cardinal George Pell and what really happened at that stockbrokers’ dinner.

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Fair Work decision a boon to working parents

The Fair Work Commission has ruled that a Melbourne IT worker should be allowed to return to work part time following her parental leave. Will the decision have a wider impact on working parents?

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Why don’t female entrepreneurs strike it rich?

Women make up just 7% of the people on BRW’s Rich List. Most Rich Listers made their money from businesses, rather than inheriting their wealth, so why are women so woefully underrepresented?

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The Conversation | COMPANIES|

What really happens when women negotiate

Women still earn, on average, 17.6% less then men. This is partly because women are less likely to negotiate, more likely to undervalue their work and perceived as less likeable if they do bargain, says Mara Olekalns.

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Fortune | LINKS|

The female CEOs of the Fortune 500

Out of the top Fortune 500 companies in the US, only 18 of them are run by women. Fortune profiles the top females, from new IBM boss Ginni Rometty to Indian-born Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo.

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Australia loses a great entrepreneur

A funny and fascinating post on Diana Gribble — publisher of Crikey — and her work as a successful businesswoman. Read Di’s spot-on advice for women wanting to get ahead in the business world.

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NY Times Business | COMPANIES|

NY Times gets its first female editor

Investigator reporter and editor Jill Abramson will become the new executive editor of the New York Times, the first female to get the top job in the paper’s 160 year history.

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Crikey Blogs | ECONOMY|

What employees earn

According to an ABS survey from May 2010, the average weekly total cash earnings were $1,010.30 for all employees, $1,192.10 for male employees and $827.70 for female employees. The breakdown between different occupations is particularly enlightening, reports Richard Farmer.

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Women keep going working

The steady growth in the number of women participating in the workforce continues.

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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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Business missing out by not appointing women to boards

What is wrong with the boards of big business? Their competence in running companies is put in question by their poor record in selecting senior line managers and new board members.

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New York Times | ECONOMY|

Wanted: a female Bill Gates

Women are no longer expected to be stay-at-home mums but it’s still rare for them to be CEOs of major businesses. Author Gloria Feldt explains how women are more likely to keep quiet, undervalue themselves and not ask for that big pay rise.

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Salon | COMPANIES|

Taking care of business and strippers

It’s relatively common in old boy style businesses — ie. at Goldman Sachs in the US — for events to be held at upscale strip clubs or for sexy dancers to appear. But why do we tolerate this sexism in the office? asks Tracy Clark-Flory.

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Why workplace sexual harassment may never be the same again

David Jones aside, the make-up of the new government will determine exactly how sexual harassment is dealt with in our workplaces. Luke Williams reports.

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Most women pay dearly for making sexual harassment complaints

A turning organisational wheel always crushes the whistleblower. No wonder so many women just leave instead of complaining about sexual harassment, writes barrister Moira Rayner.

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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 Daily Telegraph | LINKS|

Goward: Kristina Keneally gives women a bad name

NSW Premier Kristina Keneally acts like a bitchy girl in parliament, making personal comments about dress and appearance. If she’s such a feminist, why resort to typical sexist remarks? asks Liberal MLA Pru Goward.

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The Root | JOURNALISM|

The perfect Michelle Obama turned me into a bad mother

One of Michelle Obama’s main priorities in the White House is addressing work/life balance. Journalist DeNeen Brown tells how covering the Michelle Obama beat destroyed her own work/life equilibrium.

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