It's time to stop short-changing women

2021 EPD Events

BPW Caboolture

BPW Adelaide

BPW North Lakes 

EPD event outcomes:

  • BPW Adelaide and WOB South Australia members met for a COVID-safe cocktail event
  • We heard from Dr Jill Gould's research on why it is important to focus on the gender pay gap, and what can be done to address it
  • Some suggestions from Dr Gould's research are to look into the pay gap in your organisation (has there been a pay audit, for example) and compare it with the data that is available across industries. Speak with your HR department and senior management - and provide them with some of the many resources that are available about why the gender pay gap matters. 
  • Each attendee then discussed their own background, experiences, and tips for how they have addressed gender inequality in their workplaces throughout their careers. We had a very diverse group of women, who had lots of experience to share.
SAGE Athena Swan was the focus of our Equal Pay Day dinner at BPW North Lakes. Our guest speaker was Professor Tim Wess, FRSA PFHEA FRSB FRSN, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), University of the Sunshine Coast (USC). Professor Wess was absolutely engaging with his talk. Much of Professor Wess’ academic career has been in the Athena Swan space, in the United Kingdom and here in Australia, and the stories he told were on point and enlightening. It was generally agreed that he was a powerful advocate for gender equality in STEM at universities. The conversation ranged wide, and included how to better integrate STEM for girls in school, and the ageless catch cry, “You can’t be it if you can’t see it.” Equal Pay Day is a very important, although scandalous, day in the calendar, and this year’s data, showing a retreat, was not welcome news. Members and guests were asked what they would do with an extra $13,500 this year, which really drove home the size of the pay gap

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