With International Women’s Day tomorrow, here’s a snapshot of Australian womanhood.

  • The Country Women’s Association is the largest women’s organisation in Australia.
  • By the end of last financial year, just six ASX 200 companies (that’s 3%) – GasNet Australia Group, Harvey Norman Holding, Macquarie Airports, Macquarie Countrywide Trust, St George Bank and Telecom Corporation of New Zealand – were led by women.
  • 131 organisations have an Employer of Choice for Women citation from the Federal Government for women-friendly workplace policy.
  • Most girls born last year were given non-bogan names (Chloe was top in NSW, Ella in SA and Qld, Emily in NT, etc). Hayuley appears as the 16th most popular baby girl name last year in the Northern Territory, but it’s probably a spelling mistake.
  • Of Australian women with two or more children, only 43% are in the workforce. In Sweden, it’s 82%, in the UK, 62%.  
  • Among OECD countries, only the US and Australia have not legislated for minimum paid maternity leave across the workforce.
  • Women in Australia currently earn 83.6% of the male dollar for full time ordinary time earnings.
  • Adelaide’s 2002 “breastfest” record – 767 women breastfeeding simultaneously – was broken in 2002 by the now world record holders of Berkeley, California, who blitzed them with 1,136 women.
  • The Australian Senate is 25% female, the House of Reps 36% (according to Sarah Maddison and Emma Partridge’s report, How Well is Australian Democracy Serving Women?)
  • The number of Australian women Prime Ministers, Treasurers or Foreign Ministers to date: 0
  • In the 76-year history of the Archibald Prize, women have been awarded the main prize seven times.
  • Yes, women live longer but it’s lonely at the pointy end. Women represent around 70% of nursing home residents, and of these, the majority are widows. 
  • Half of all women currently aged 45-60 years have less than $8,000 in superannuation. 30% have none at all.
  • If a man wants to become a woman in Queensland, it costs $75.00 to register the s-x reassignment.
  • For every Australian man who undergoes cosmetic surgery, ten women submit to the scalpel. In the 2002/2003 financial year 7,022 women underwent cosmetic surgery. 
  • 7% of prisoners in Australia – 1,827 people – were women at June 2006. According to one survey, lady burglars are the most likely to repeat offend, while female drug sellers and buyers are the most likely to get away with it.
  • Schapelle Corby is Australia’s most famous jailbird.
  • 68% of 15-year-old females are on a diet; of these, 8% are severely dieting. Dieting is the greatest risk factor for the development of an eating disorder.