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The Fifth Estate: Women at Work

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Join Fifth Estate host Sally Warhaft and guests Judith Troeth (former Liberal senator), Paula Matthewson (political blogger) and Danielle Green (Victorian Labor MP) to take a long hard look at women in the workforce – and in government – in Australia today.


We’re supposed to live in a country of equal opportunity for women and men.

Australian women have contributed to every area of our national life and beyond – including science, medicine, the judiciary, the armed forces and, just once, the highest office in the land. Every day millions of Australian women go to work in every imaginable type of employment.

Yet, from the moment they enter the workforce, women are disadvantaged. Their workforce participation and economic security remains starkly out of sync with men’s. Women earn less, they receive nearly half of superannuation payments, and they remain hugely underrepresented in management and leadership. In 2014 there is just a single female in the federal government cabinet. When Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is away, there are none.

How can this be so in a modern, democratic nation of equal opportunity? And what can be done about it?

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