It's time to stop short-changing women

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  • 27 Aug 2013 11:30 AM | Anonymous member
    Australian Bureau of Statistics - ABS - Gender Indicators

  • 26 Aug 2013 3:58 PM | Anonymous member

    by Folker Hanusch, University of the Sunshine Coast 27 May

    Media Link: Women now outnumber men in the Australian media

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    Women now outnumber men in the Australian media, but they are typically younger, earn less and have less powerful positions than male colleagues. At each of the editorial levels – rank-and-file, junior managers and senior managers – women have significantly lower salaries than men. Only one-third of them (35.6%) earn more than A$72,000 a year, compared with around half (53.1%) of male journalists. This is even more pronounced at the high end of the scale. A mere 1.2% of female journalists reported an income of more than A$144,000 a year. In contrast, 9.8% of men fell into this category.

  • 26 Aug 2013 3:54 PM | Anonymous member

    Media Link: Women's Agenda-Gender pay gap is wide even at the top of the corporate ladder

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    Bloombergresearch confirms;the gender pay gap doesn't diminish at the top of the ladder. The few women in the U.S who do manage to scale the corporate ladder are still being paid less than their male counterparts. According to Bloomberg editors Carol Hymowitz and Cecile Daurat, women comprising the highest paid female executives of the S&P 500 companies take home around 18% less than their male peers.

  • 26 Aug 2013 3:52 PM | Anonymous member

    Media Link: A fair deal for women

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    Susie O'Brien’s Herald Sun article on 28 July details the impact of the gender pay gap for women’s earnings. ACTU analysis of ABS data reveals that across every occupational group, full-time and doing the same job, men get more in their pay packets than women. The quicksand effect where women are not given fair employment conditions is having a devastating and long-lasting effect on many women. Susie declares that Australia is not a sexist country: we want the best outcomes for men and women equally and it's time employers caught up with this ideal

  • 26 Aug 2013 3:50 PM | Anonymous member

    Media Link: Female graduate pay gap doubles 

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    New figures show the pay gap between Australian female university graduates and their male colleagues more than doubled last year. A report by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency says female graduates are losing the battle for pay equality, with the gap now reaching $5,000, up from $2,000 for the previous year.

  • 26 Aug 2013 3:47 PM | Anonymous member

    Media Link: WGEA welcomes new pay equity unit

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    Yolanda Beattie, Public Affairs Executive Manager for the WGEA, reports that, following the release of new Average Weekly Earnings data by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, WGEA calculated that Equal Pay Day 2013 falls on Tuesday 3 September.

    The new ABS figures show that the current national gender pay gap remains relatively unchanged at 17.5%, and the industries with the highest gender pay gap are health care and social assistance (32.3%), financial and insurance services (31.4%) and professional, scientific and technical services (30.1%). WGEA will be updating its Gender Pay Gap factsheet and the Payroll Analysis Tool

    Leading up to Equal Pay Day they will be conducting a social media campaign featuring our pick of the best pay equity YouTube videos from around the world – join in via #EqualPayDay.>

    Equal remuneration between women and men is one of the gender equality indicators under Australia’s new Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012. Under the Act, employers will need to report on: remuneration data broken down by gender; remuneration policies or strategies including gender pay equity objectives: and actions taken as a result of a gender pay gap analysis.>

    This significant advance will provide WGEA with powerful data to help tackle the gender pay gap on an industry and organisational level.

  • 26 Aug 2013 3:44 PM | Anonymous member

    Media Link: BPW International President - Korean TV Interview

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    Watch BPW International President Freda Mirikilis being interviewed on South Korean television about BPW, Pay Equity and the Women's Empowerment Principles 23 minutes

  • 20 Aug 2013 8:11 PM | Anonymous member

    And here’s why:

    Women working full-time, year-round in Australia are paid only about 83 cents for every dollar earned by men – that’s $237.50 per week less than men’s average earnings.

    • Women have to work an extra 63 days to match what men earn in a financial year.
    • At an overall level, female graduates earn 96% of their male counterparts. Some women in CEO and finance positions earn less than half of their male equivalents.
    • The 17.2% gender pay gap is a national average that opens up to over 30% in some industry sectors.
    • The pay gap between men and women workers costs the Australian economy over $93 billion each year.
    • Australians want the gender pay gap to be addressed; 80% of the general community and 96% of the business community believe that action must be taken to close the gap.

    It’s time to stop short changing women.
    Equal Pay Day
    1 September 2011

  • 07 Sep 2012 8:06 PM | Anonymous member

    BPW Australia - Gender Pay Gap

    Never heard of it? Don’t believe it? Don’t know anyone who has experienced that?

    Common reactions. But you can’t ignore facts supplied by the ABS this month that confirm the gap in the full time earnings of men and women. And no you can’t blame it on overtime either.

    Equal Pay Day is Sunday, 2nd September. A day that draws attention to the gap and the $250 per week difference it makes. The high wages in the resources sector only accounts for 3% nationally. The biggest gaps are in health care and financial services.

    Marilyn Forsythe, President of BPW Australia, admits that progress on this issue is frustratingly slow. Big business is dragging their dragging their feet in the leadership stakes, with almost no change in the number of women chief executives or directors since 2002. Marilyn reminds us that they do however report to the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency on steps taken to ensure equity. She commends the Agency on their extra efforts in releasing new resources.

    What about small business? Three quarters of our workforce is employed in the two million Australian small businesses. BPW Australia and economicSecurity4women are urging greater focus on gender equity this Equal Pay Day. They want support for SMEs to ensure they are offering contemporary, gender fair workplaces. Employers are encouraged to have their say and complete the survey at

    Equity issues will be discussed at BPW Equal Pay Events across Australia; NSW is featuring negotiation skills while Victoria is looking at leadership and education in reducing the gap; South Australia has a “dinner party” with a difference; Western Australia has a Q&A with local, state and federal politicians, while Queensland is looking at business leadership with an EOWA Employer of Choice.

    Marilyn appreciates that Equal Pay Alliance partner, ACTU, is continuing their work on pay equity using their Trades Hall event to highlight the high incidence of casual and insecure work. High numbers of women in such work impacts their earning potential and financial security.

    “Will achieving true pay equity make business unviable? Or rather will the ongoing pay gap make business unsustainable?” asks Marilyn. “We are asking people to join the conversation; follow us on Facebook (Equal Pay Day Australia); carry a red bag on Sunday; and when paying for that Father’s Day lunch – ask for a 17.5% discount.”

    For more information contact: 

    Marilyn Forsythe on 0412259656
    Media Contact: Sandra Cook, National Director of Policy on 0409608344

    BPW Australia develops the professional, leadership and business potential of women on all levels through advocacy, mentoring, networking, skill building and economic empowerment programs and projects around the world. 

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