Friday, March 07, 2008

Equal work, equal pay

Tomorrow, 8 March, is International Women's Day. Coinciding with that, Get Up Australia is running a campaign for equal pay for women. They point out that:

For every $1 earned by men in Australia today, women earn just 84c.

Even worse - the gap has actually widened since 2004.

Isn't it outrageous that 99 years after the first International Women's Day, we still have to campaign for equal pay between men and women? Now we have a Labor government with more women in cabinet that ever before, you'd think that the Rudd government would be inclined to fix up that inequity. Well, you'd hope. Let's not take that for granted. As the Get Up email says:
From paid maternity leave to high-quality affordable childcare - a people's movement has the power to convince politicians and corporations to actively remove the stubborn systemic inequalities that still exist, to ensure productive participation - for equal reward.
You can sign Get Up's Equal Pay campaign petition at their website (the image above is off their site).

To help celebrate IWD, I also recommend that you visit and read these wonderful Australian, feminist bloggers:
Of course, there are heaps more out there, but these are the ones I enjoy reading regularly. If there are others you'd like to suggest, please feel free to leave a comment.

And happy International Women's Day to all women, and especially all those who read this blog, for tomorrow.
Update: as a further celebration of
International Women's Day, I've posted the fabulous photograph of women workers at an American railway dated 1943. It is from the Library of Congress flickr collection. [updated Friday 4.16 pm]

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At March 07, 2008 9:00 pm, Blogger lauredhel said...

Thanks for the link, Mark! The widening pay gap is a huge worry. Is this a result of the tiny uptick in fecundity, or are there other factors at play?

At March 08, 2008 9:13 am, Blogger genevieve said...

Honoured to be included in that roll, Mark. I must send my daughter a link to the campaign, she can point some of her equivocal acquaintances (male and female) at it sometime.

At March 08, 2008 9:14 am, Anonymous Helen said...

Thanks for the link Mark - I posted a comment before, but Blogger ate it. So it'll probably double up later in the day. :-)

At March 09, 2008 8:08 pm, Blogger Kirsty said...

Hi Mark, I'm just catching up with your post now, thanks for the link and yeah! Happy International Women's Day everyone.


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