By far the best thing I read in June was Ruby Clarke, a Year 9 student, writing about the realities of the gender pay gap. It warms the heart to know that this teenager knows what she’s going to be up against, so hopefully she can tackle her salary armed with knowledge.
And let’s hope that Ruby doesn’t run into someone like Tim Hunt who pretty much said that women just can’t cut it in a the real world. I always find it fascinating that expressing emotions (which women are criticised about) is a weakness. I’d like to know when allowing yourself to be tuned into your own reactions was a detriment.
When Anne Summers tears apart the Abbott Government’s approach to Paid Parental Leave, we are once again reminded that irrespective of what’s going in the workplace, women do most of the “Shadow Work” at home. Basically we’re the ones that are across everything and that can be taxing. Lisa Lintern asked when is the right time for working mums to ask for flexibility when applying for a new role?
And flexibility shouldn’t just be for women and mothers. It should include fathers asking for flexibility with their working conditions because a UN sponsored report shows that fathers who are more involved with their kids produce happier kids.
Queensland Green’s Senator Larissa Waters wrote a piece illustrating how negative gearing is an issue for women escaping domestic violence.
And the Abbott Government’s proposal to life retirement age to 70 affects us all. More than 20 percent of us will simply not be healthy enough to remain in the workforce.
But before our kids even enter the workforce we need to get them through school and the articles I found this month on education doesn’t paint a great picture:
- Preschool is most expensive in NSW
- Aspirational parents condemn children to a joyless life
- Too many students overconfident
- Smaller class sizes and performance pay determine choice
- We’re educating our youth into unemployment
- University is a production line to nowhere
And of course not a month goes by without news on how mothers affect their offspring. Here are two such articles:
- Mother’s diet before conception can affect life long diseases
- Helicopter or hands off – parents can’t win
Ain’t that the truth?
But to finish off this month’s news wrap up, I have three articles that are just great reads.
The legacy of Alanis Morrisette Who wasn’t singing Alanis at the top of their lungs in the 90s? And if you weren’t then start now. Alanis Morrisette was essentially the 90s version of Howard Beale from the 70s movie Network.
“I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore,” screamed Beale and we all knew how he felt.
When Alanis wailed, “It’s not fair”, we knew what she was talking about.
Sing it loud people. Let those emotions flow.
Might come in handy when you’re next negotiating a pay rise or some flexibility in your work schedule.