Category Archives: women

How “double dipping” misses the point – reflections on the last decade of PPL policies

Over the past decade I’ve had four kids. With each addition, I’ve become more and more aware of the issues facing women (particularly regarding balancing paid work and caring roles) in Australia and thus with each one, I’ve become more … Continue reading

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Cutting into gender discrimination

Recently I took my three kids to get haircuts. It was my 21 month old daughter’s first one. Like all my kids she had very little hair at birth and even with almost 2 years of growth her hair was … Continue reading

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Heigh-ho heigh-ho it’s off to work I go… if I can get childcare!

Childcare: It’s a vexed issue. Do you? Don’t you? And if you manage to get beyond the initial loaded question of whether to put your kids in care then there’s a whole barrage of other issues waiting for you. With … Continue reading

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Can tweaking the male breadwinner model ever lead to equity?

Apparently the male breadwinner is alive and kicking in Australia. This comes as no surprise. The latest statistics show that women make up just 35% of the full time work force in Australia but women comprise the majority (70%) of … Continue reading

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The real purpose of Mother’s Day: Remembrance

Mother’s Day is fast approaching. We know it from the catalogues that invade our letterboxes. We know it from the gift guides in the newspapers. We know it from the primary school stalls filled with $5 or less trinkets (usually … Continue reading

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Why words matter

Recently there was a mild furore in the blogosphere about a post on kidspot 4 ways to fold a fitted sheet (including the RIGHT one). Normally I wouldn’t have clicked anywhere near such a post but I’ll admit the fitted … Continue reading

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A little blue in a sea of pink

When I was expecting my first daughter after having two sons I knew I’d have to confront my issues with pink. It’s pretty much impossible to have a daughter and not to have to dress them in pink at some … Continue reading

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