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    Illustration: Simon Bosch   By Anne Summers Making history as the first woman to win the presidential nomination of a major US political party will probably turn out to be the easiest part of Hillary Clinton’s gruelling trek to the White House. She has to figure out how to campaign against the erratic and irascible Donald Trump without resorting to … Read More

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    By Anne Summers     Illustration: Dionne Gain          “Reports had it,” writes the esteemed American biographer Stacy Schiff in her new book The Witches: Salem 1692 about the famous witch trials in New England in the 17th century, “that more than 700 witches flew about Massachusetts”. Sounds a bit like Canberra today. All those women flying … Read More

  • Time we had this discussion.  Read article

  • My Keynote Address to the National Labor Women’s Conference in Brisbane on May 14 in which I celebrate Labor’s success in women’s political leadership but call on the government to take urgent action to improve women’s workforce participation by addressing equality in employment via the EOWA legislation, and to radically reform childcare. Nat Labor Women’s Conference 2011 rev

  • In Australia in the 21st century the private sector is taking the lead in promoting equality for women in employment and championing women to be leaders in the business world, a field the federal government once had made its own.  Read my article in the Sydney Morning Herald, December 18 2010

  • Congratulations to Carol Schwartz for this important initiative.  Check out the Women’s Leadership Institute Australia

  • In Melbourne later this week they are having an “IQ Debate” on the topic: Has Feminism Failed?  The evidence supposedly is that because we have not yet reached the nirvana of equality this is the fault of feminism.  When asked about this by the Sunday Age newspaper, I replied that it is society – not feminism – that has failed. … Read More

  • As of July 1, 2010 the Australian Securities Exchange will require all listed companies to report on the numbers and positions of women in their companies as part of their corporate governance reporting requirements.  This important reform will show which companies are dragging their feet when it comes to hiring and promoting women, in management and on Boards.  Watch the … Read More

  • In a radical step, the government of Nikolas Sarkozy has introduced legislation to require all listed companies in France to have 50 per cent of their directors women within five years.  Companies must have 20 per cent women directors within 18 months and 40 per cent within four years. These requirements exceed those introduced in Norway which requires only 40 … Read More