The Most stylish of Govenor Generals, her Excellency Ms Quenten Bryce
Prime Minister- Julia Gillard
NSW State Premiere- Kristina Keneally
Lord Mayor of Sydney- Clover Moore
I agree it shouldn't matter that they are women- but it does.
It matters because:
- There are 12 times as many men as women on the boards of the top companies and women in senior roles are earning an average of about 30 per cent less than their male colleagues, (SMH, 2009) .
- Women still get paid less than men. Either women being paid less than men for doing a similar job; or women being paid less than men because they work in undervalued female dominated occupations such as teaching, nursing and hospitality.
- Unequal pay occurs across all sectors in Australia, even in the female dominated retail industry where there is a 7% pay gap in favour of male workers. In health and community services men earn 25% more than women. Not surprisingly one of the biggest pay gaps is in the male dominated finance and insurance industry where a man can expect to earn a whopping 38% more than a woman.
Being a cynical realist, I am not expecting much, I am not expecting huge changes I am not expecting sweeping reforms for women - although paid maternity leave is a step in the right direction of course, I just think it is what it is... a woman in the top job. And that can only be a good thing, even if it is only for a short time... let's see what happens next.....