Happy International Women's Day

To mark this auspicious occasion, I had the great pleasure to hear Dr Anne Summers at the Victorian Trades Hall Breakfast this morning.

Dr Summers said there are four basic pillars to women's equality: financial self-sufficiency; reproductive freedom; freedom from violence; and the right of women to participate fully and equally in all areas of public life.


Her plan is to implement one significant reform for each pillar by 2022, the plan is to:

1.     Legislated equal pay for all women in all jobs

2.     Decriminalisation of abortion in New South Wales and Queensland

3.     Specialist domestic violence courts in every state of Australia

4.     Gender quotas dictating women make up 50 per cent of all parliamentarians, all cabinets and other ministries and directors of all public company and government boards.

Dr Summers is a great orator and is intelligent and witty. In response to a question from the audience on how to engage with the next generation of feminist she quickly quipped tell them to listen to Beyoncé's song "Flawless". And as Bill Shorten was in the audience, the pressure was on him to at least legislated equal pay for all women in all jobs.



Jan Thompson | Industrial Officer