Last week's employment data for December did not merely confirmed that 2017 was a great year for job creation -- something the government was understandably eager to celebrate -- but as savvy commentators like Michael Pascoe pointed out, was great news for female workers. Women took the bulk of 400,000 net jobs created in 2017, and the bulk of the full-time jobs too.

We won't know the composition of the new jobs created in December until we see the data for the February quarter in a couple of months, but as Crikey noted last week, health and education provided nearly half the new jobs over the twelve months to November -- workforces traditionally dominated by women. Health, education and social care all have workforces between 70-80% female.