The Fifth Estate: Women at Work
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?
Paula Matthewson (aka Drag0nista) is a corporate communications specialist who moonlights as a blogger and writer on federal politics.
Judith Troeth AM, was Liberal Senator for Victoria in the Federal Government for 18 years. She was the first female Member of Parliament in the Agricultural portfolio, as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry from 1997 to 2004.
Danielle Green is a Victorian Labor politician. She has been the member for Yan Yean for 11 and a half years, and is the Shadow Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence, Shadow Minister for Women and Shadow Minister for Health Promotion. She also sits on the Board of VicHealth.
Sally Warhaft is a Melbourne broadcaster, anthropologist and writer and the host of the Wheeler Centre’s live journalism series, the Fifth Estate, now in its sixth year. She is a former editor of the Monthly magazine and the author of the bestselling book Well May We Say: The Speeches that Made Australia.