Mission impossible? Managing the 10-week school holiday gap with a busy career –

For most working parents with the average 4 weeks of annual leave, there is a significant shortfall in time available to care for the kids during the holidays. It’s often referred to as ‘juggling work and caring responsibilities’; but a more accurate description is mission impossible.

And it’s a mission impossible that sees many chose (or feel forced) to instead drop out of the workforce.

Many families rely on school care and vacation care arrangements to plug the gap of 10-15 weeks of school holidays with only 4 weeks leave.

Children over the age of 12 are not eligible for these care arrangements. At age 12 (usually around Year 7 and older) many are unsupervised either at home or elsewhere, according to 2012 data from the Australian Institute of Family Studies.


Zero Women Were Elected To The Leadership Of Liberal Student Body

The new president of the Australian Liberal Students’ Federation (ALSF) told its annual general meeting “this is an executive that represents everyone” shortly after the room elected 11 men and no women to the organisation’s executive body.


What we miss when we focus on the gender wage gap

The latest data show 9.4% of the female workforce had insufficient hours of work, compared to just 5.7% of the male workforce.

Around 400,000 women of working age are unemployed in Australia and 71.6% of all part-time employees are women.

And since women of all working ages in Australia have attained higher qualifications than men, we are not maximising the potential of our workforce. There is now plenty of research showing that fully utilising the female workforce leads to higher economic growth.


Apparently, the ’embrace of diversity’ is everywhere in corporates. You just can’t see it

The Social Services minister told The Australian that “anyone who has actually visited Australian business and professional organisations can see that the embrace of diversity is on plain display.”

The Liberal MP made the comments while rejecting recommendations by the Australian Human Rights Commission that organisations explore aspirational targets and the possibility of further data collection on the diversity of employees.

If the embrace of diversity was truly everywhere, we’d see it in the leadership teams across large employers. We’d see it on the boards of listed entities, in the names and pictures of those senior leaders and decision-makers featured in the business press and across executive positions in organisations.

While diversity is starting to be recognised as beneficial by smart business leaders, Porter’s assessment of it being “embraced” across the board, is nothing but a vast and potentially damaging overstatement.


No shock here: Gender pay gap triples under Trump

The gender pay gap in the White House has widened significantly in the first few months of Donald Trump’s presidency.

According to a recent report by the American Enterprise Institute, the pay gap between male and female White House employees has more than tripled since the last year of Obama’s administration. At that point, the statistics showed an 11 per cent margin. Under Trump, the gap has widened to 37 per cent ($US42,350).

Even more frustratingly, the White House GPG is now more than double the national one. With female staffers on average earning $US72,650 while their male counterparts rake in $US115,000.

Only 6 of the top 23, highest paid White House staff are women and a whopping three quarters of the top 101 highest paid positions are held by men. Female staffers also comprise 59% of the lowest three salary brackets.


Blink and you’ll miss the ‘progress’ for women in law

Just one third of new partners at Australia’s largest law firms are female, according to analysis in the legal section of the Australian Financial Review today.

In an industry that’s now 50.1% female – according to a separate report in the NSW Law Society Journal – that’s simply not good enough.

In 2014, an InfoTrack/Jander Dean study found 75% of respondents believe female lawyers who take a career break are less likely to make partner. InfoTrack CEO Stephen Wood said at the time that parental leave can be seen as the “kiss of death” for those with partnership aspirations.

It’s clear women still come up against hurdles when it comes to family and caring responsibilities. A cultural shift is long overdue.


One in four Australian men do no housework: 2016 census

In the 2016 Census, the results of which were released this week, it was revealed that one in four Australian men did no domestic work in the week prior. Nothing. Nada. Not a solitary hour.

We have known for a long time that women do more unpaid work than men. This is uniform around the world.

Despite the increase in women’s paid work, the division of the unpaid work – the cooking, the cleaning, the child-rearing – hasn’t budged.

But one in four men doing nothing? And admitting to doing nothing? That surprised me.

The way any couple or family approach domestic work is, quite obviously, a personal issue. But whichever way you cut it, a man doing nothing – no cooking, no cleaning, no child-rearing, no groceries – is ludicrous.


El Salvador teen rape victim sentenced to 30 years in prison after stillbirth

A teenage rape victim in El Salvador has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for murder after having a stillbirth, the latest in a long line of failures of justice against pregnant women in the Central American country.

Evelyn Beatriz Hernandez Cruz, 19, from a small rural community in Cuscatlán, eastern El Salvador, was convicted on the grounds that failing to seek antenatal care amounted to murder.


Men who abuse women ‘use the same tactics as pedophiles and I’ve never met one who wanted to change’, says author of How He Gets in her Head

“The male intimate abuser actually follows exactly the same tactics as the pedophile. The initial thing is that they would select the same type of target… the people who were being abused were always kind people, the type of people who would put others before themselves. It’s done in a way which gets her to take responsibility and take the blame when things go wrong between them.”


Domestic violence services are reluctant to refer perpetrators to men’s behaviour change programs because it is not clear what they do, researchers have found. Research leader Dr Peter Lucas said the team had originally set out to examine the outcomes of men’s programs but found there was not any documentation to study.
(ed: and there are anecdotal reports that the biggest concern is that these programs result in perpetrators becoming more sophisticated with their abuse.)


Domestic violence half-yearly update: The numbers we need to know

The most dangerous place in Australia for a woman to be is at home with her partner on a Saturday night.

The most dangerous place for a man to be is out in public in the company of other men.

Men are seven times more likely to be assaulted by another man than by a woman. They are also five times as likely to be assaulted by a male stranger than by an intimate partner.

Women are almost twice as likely to be assaulted by an intimate partner or family member than by a stranger.

To forestall the inevitable whataboutery dance performed by men of the internet in response to any article about violence against women and children, let’s have a look at what’s happening to men.

Men’s violence against themselves and each other is far greater than the violence they commit against women and children.