[Australia] Workplace Gender Equality Agency to send ‘Daughter Water’ to CEOs as part of pay equity campaign

[Australia] Workplace Gender Equality Agency to send ‘Daughter Water’ to CEOs as part of pay equity campaign

Lauren Wilson – News.com.au – Monday, 29 September 2014 MORE than 3000 chief executives across the country will be sent a bottle of ‘Daughter Water’ as part of a radical campaign to raise awareness about the growing gender pay gap. The Workplace Gender Equality Agency has seized on international research which indicates the pay disparity […]

Japan PM Shinzo Abe boosts women in cabinet

Japan PM Shinzo Abe boosts women in cabinet

BBC News – Wednesday, 03 September 2014 Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has brought five women into the cabinet in a reshuffle, while retaining ministers in key posts. The move means there are now seven women in the cabinet, equalling the previous high set by Junichiro Koizumi’s cabinet in 2001. Mr Abe says better use […]

[Zimbabwe] Widowed mother weaves her way to a better life

[Zimbabwe] Widowed mother weaves her way to a better life

Clayton Masekesa – Nehanda Radio – Wednesday, 30 July 2014 (originally published 29 Jul) Grace Madekurozva, 30, faced severe financial problems following the death of her husband in 2012. Illiterate and unaccustomed to being the primary breadwinner, she searched for a way to provide for her three little children. As a child, she learned to […]

Paid Leave Encourages Female Employees to Stay

Paid Leave Encourages Female Employees to Stay

Claire Cain Miller – New York Times – Tuesday, 29 July 2014 (originally published 28 Jul) A mysterious fact that economists are wrestling with is that the percentage of women in the United States who are working or want to work has been declining, after a decades-long climb. The drop is small (and less dramatic […]

International Women face Maternity Protection Discrimination

International Women face Maternity Protection  Discrimination

Lisa Schlein for VA – WNN Science & Health Geneva, SWITZERLAND, WESTERN EUROPE: A new report by the International Labor Organization finds the large majority of women workers, at least 830 million, does not have adequate maternity protection and continue to face discrimination in the labor market. Despite progress in maternity protection, ILO officials say […]

Japan rethinks cultural bias against working mothers

Japan rethinks cultural bias against working mothers

TV Asahi/CNN – WBRC – Monday, 27 May 2013 (originally published 22 May) TOKYO (TV Asahi/CNN) – The government is now reaching out to an underutilized demographic – highly skilled mothers. In Japan, with its aging population and shrinking birthrate, increased female participation in the workforce, or womeonmics as it’s been dubbed, matters. In April […]

The Poetry of [US] Women’s Work

The Poetry of [US] Women’s Work

Dr. Peggy Drexler – Huffington Post – Tuesday, 16 April 2013 (originally published 10 Apr) I’ve never liked the term “working mother.” To me, it implies that I’m some kind of subcategory, and not a full member of the club. The label also combines a bit of praise for a superhuman effort with a whiff […]

[US] Women of Value: Tina Tchen

[US] Women of Value: Tina Tchen

Mika Brzezinski – MSNBC – Thursday, 21 February 2013 (originally published 17 Feb) Don’t be surprised when Tina Tchen emails you back at 3 a.m. It’s not unusual for her to be following up on projects just as her early-bird colleagues are starting their days–she’s the night owl who happens to be Michelle Obama’s chief […]