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No! Not Equal

CHAPTER ONE: Introduction

“Inequalities tend to be cumulative and compounding, casting shadows across the lives of women and girls from the early years, through the school years, adolescence, the prime working and reproductive years, and into retirement and later life …”

CHAPTER TWO: Women in senior roles

“Political, social and legal changes in Australia over the past 50 years have increased opportunities for women and girls, especially in relation to education and employment. And yet, women continue to be underrepresented in senior roles in business, politics, the judiciary and many professions …”


“The gendered patterns of vocational and educational participation and attainment reflect the persistence of gender stereotypes and the continuing occupational segregation in Australia …”

CHAPTER FOUR: Employment

“While substantial progress has been made over the past 50 years, there remain considerable shortcomings and inequalities in many areas of employment. There are also major disparities between men and women and the ways in which they combine paid work with family care roles …”

CHAPTER FIVE: Family life and personal relationships

“Legislative changes have made some progress in addressing inequalities in family life and relationships but fundamental challenges remain …”

CHAPTER SIX: Income support

“An equitable income support system is vital for women’s economic security across the life course …”

CHAPTER SEVEN: Intersecting and overlapping inequalities

“Intersectionality can be useful in recognising how structures such as race, gender, class and (dis)ability intersect and compound or reinforce inequalities …”

CHAPTER EIGHT: An unfinished project

“A broader range of women are now identifying as feminists, showing that ‘feminists’ come in many forms and may hold quite different beliefs and values …”

CHAPTER NINE: Equity and economic growth

“While women’s labour force participation can boost the performance of national economies, it requires substantial change in the organisation and distribution of paid and unpaid work, and the development of supportive social infrastructure …”

CHAPTER TEN: Ways forward

“It is increasingly recognised that the responsibility for change does not sit solely with women – men must also actively pursue gender equity in the workplace and the home …”

CHAPTER ELEVEN: Why we need commitment to gender equity

“Australia has come a long way but sometimes it seems as if things have stalled – or gone backwards – which is why it’s time to jump start a commitment to equality and economic security for women and girls …”

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