Work and Money

How single women are being priced out of the housing market

Single women are being priced out of the housing market.

Erin O'Dwyer 1:29 AM   That $295 per week you earn less than your male colleague? It adds up.

Do women get sidelined after returning from maternity leave?

A new report proves there's a very real reason why women have 'maternity paranoia'

Tanith Carey   A new report proves there's a very real reason why women have 'maternity paranoia'.

Disobedience training

Rule-breaking, parent-defying kids grow up to earn more, study finds

Naughty: The late Steve Jobs resisted authority in class, then went on to make a fortune as head of Apple.

Patrick Begley   Parents of wilfully disobedient children may find some consolation in a new research finding: naughty kids earn more money when they grow up.

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Planning ahead

The career interruption worth planning for

The approach of younger women is less all or nothing and more give and take.

Claire Cain Miller   How women's view of work-life balance has changed.

Ceiling-breaking news

How the ABC's female journalists are changing the newsroom

Magnificent seven: from left, Virginia Trioli, Kate Torney, Leigh Sales, Emma Alberici, Sally Neighbour, Jo Puccini and Annabel Crabb.

Erin O'Dwyer   They're steely-smart and proof that more women are commanding the news agenda.

Bad bosses

How a rude boss can harm your health

As most people with an internet connection know, the culture of 'calling out' can be a frightening one.

Ana Swanson   Research shows your bad boss may be making you sad, lazy and unhealthy.

Sexist algorithms

Is the Google algorithm sexist — or is it us?

A recent screenshot of a Google image search for 'CEO'.

Julia Carpenter   Google’s algorithm shows prestigious job ads to men, but not to women. Here’s why that should worry you.

Flu season

When taking a sickie is not an option

For casual workers, taking a day off can strain the budget.

Lou Heinrich   For casual workers, taking a day off can strain the budget.

The girls' club

Why I joined the TV 'pussy Mafia' in the '80s

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Tracey Spicer   Five women, one mission: to carve a career from the Jurassic jungle that was the Channel Nine newsroom.

Shadow Work

How much 'shadow work' are you doing?

Traditional service positions have been slowly eradicated by the technological age, and the fall-out is that we now do many of these roles ourselves.

Jen Vuk   You may not be familiar with the term 'shadow work', but chances are you'll be intimately acquainted with what it represents.

Why do people fake being over-worked?

Like Ilana from Broad City, we've all had to fake busyness from time to time.

Natalie Reilly   We've all seen that person; they sigh a lot; they walk briskly, often with a frown.

Are we the hardest working generation of women?

"We are the first tranche of women to have worked all our lives."

Jenna Price   Why women in the 'sandwich generation' are doing the quadruple load.

The fear of using the F-word in job interviews

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Lisa Lintern   Why uttering this word could cost women a job or promotion.

Abbott government can't be serious about encouraging women in the workforce

"With just two policy announcements, the Abbott government has triple somersaulted back from supposedly encouraging Aussie mums to stay in the workforce."

Anne Summers   Whatever trust we had been willing to invest in the government was instantly blown out of the water when it announced women could only have the childcare if they gave up significant family benefit payments.

Work Culture

Why women are judged far more harshly than men for leaving work early

A working mother is more likely to judge herself harshly for spending time away from her family. Her colleagues are more likely to judge her, too.

Danielle Paquette   Progressive family-friendly policies alone simply aren't enough to quash gender inequality in a 24-7 work culture.

Gendered jobs

Why more men should do 'girly' jobs

"Why does my eldest son already think scientists are generally men and teachers are mostly women? The truth is he gets it from everywhere," writes Paul Chai.

Paul Chai   How do we get our boys to consider future careers in child care, nursing and teaching?

Employers don't care about what you did on Facebook

Social media could ruin your job prospects. That's the message we're sold, but new research says it's not exactly true, writes Kasey Edwards.

Kasey Edwards   Social media could ruin your job prospects. That's the message we're sold, but new research says it's not exactly true, writes Kasey Edwards.

Digital nomads

Would you pack up your desk to become a 'digital nomad'?

Go troppo: The author Anna Hart reclines at work

Anna Hart   Long commutes and stuffy offices replaced by a tropical workplace in 'Silicon Bali'? Now this is what we call hot-desking.

Want to be a hero for sex workers? Try listening

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Tilly Lawless   Sex worker Tilly Lawless has a few pointers for how (and how not) to help 'fix' her industry.

Want equal wages? Eliminate salary negotiations

When it comes to playing hardball, women are damned if they do and damned if they don't.

Laura Kray   When it comes to playing hardball, women are damned if they do and damned if they don't.

Does corporate life diminish women's confidence?

A working mother is more likely to judge herself harshly for spending time away from her family. Her colleagues are more likely to judge her, too.

Jenna Price   A new study shows women are more ambitious than men at the start of their career. But things look very different two years later.

Is optimism overrated?

Why telling someone "you can do it" -- when you suspect they actually can't --  is counterproductive.

Roberto A. Ferdman   Why telling someone "you can do it" -- when you suspect they actually can't -- is counterproductive.

Over-thinking

Why it's so frustrating to be told you're 'over-thinking it'

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Natalie Reilly   Men are seldom accused of "over-thinking". If they do obsess, it's a quirky tic.

Unspoken Wage Gap

The motherhood penalty

Career sacrifice: Annette Noble with her children Darcy, 11, Millie, 8, and Finn, 4.

Erin O'Dwyer   We know women earn 18% less than their male counterparts – but another, larger pay gap shows mothers are paying the price.

Ellen Pao

The hardest question for a working woman to ask

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Jenna Price   Reddit acting CEO Ellen Pao is scrapping pay negotiations. But what if your only option to a fair wage is to ask?

Career Taboo

The questions you should not ask working women

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Jenna Price   "I swear to god, my husband has never been asked about work-life balance."

New Study

FED:One in four ASX 300 boards have no women

More than one quarter of Australia's top 300 companies have no women on their boards, while the number of females directors at some government-owned corporations has gone backwards.

Evan Schwarten   Welcome to 2015.

What's in a name? Gender inequality by names and numbers

Tony Abbott's cabinet has been a source of criticism, with only 2 women.

Josephine Tovey   There are more major American companies run by men named John than there are companies run by women in the United States.

Ol' timey sexism

Employment letter from 1939 shows workplace sexism

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This correspondence shows some serious workplace sexism, hopefully relegated to history.

Creative pay gap

Is there a pay gap for creative women?

'It's our time': Patricia Arquette made a passionate call for wage equality for women during her Oscar acceptance speech for best supporting actress.

Clem Bastow   While Patricia Arquette might have fluffed the delivery of her call to arms, she had a very good point to make.

Gender pay gap

Where is it worst to be a female manager?

Women in management ranks get paid as much as 45 per cent less than their male peers, new government data has revealed.

Jenna Price   The top three industry offenders, according to a new national survey.

New report shows female managers paid up to 45% less than their male peers

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Judith Ireland   Women in management ranks get paid as much as 45 per cent less than their male peers, new government data has revealed. 

Empathy's moment

Five things you may not know about empathy

The virtue traditionally associated with shoulder squeezes and self-sacrifice is more powerful than you think.

Natalie Reilly   The virtue traditionally associated with shoulder squeezes and self-sacrifice is more powerful than you think.

Workplace equality

Stop blaming women for not pushing for pay rises

According to the research, "Attempting to negotiate for higher compensation had no effect on men's willingness to work with men, but it had a significantly negative effect on men's willingness to work with women."

Kasey Edwards   Bank bosses think they have found a curious 'solution' to Australia's gaping gender pay gap.

Career resolutions

Five things to do differently at work in 2015

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Congratulations, you made it through another year. Now let’s all focus on work again! Sigh. Here are a few ‘job-positive’ suggestions to make 2015 a good year in the office.

Life hacks

How to get out of debt in 2015

Learn this catchphrase: Not all debts are equal.

Welcome to the toughest part of the year – everyone’s out enjoying festivals and beer gardens, while your credit cards are melting from ridiculous holiday season over-usage.

Debt-free 2015

How to get out of debt in 2015

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In debt? Don't get depressed – after all, "new year, new you" as Oprah likes to say.

Gender reporting

We can't afford to water down gender reporting

Prime Minister Tony Abbott needs to uphold gender reporting requirements

Jenna Price   It's time for Tony Abbott to show he's serious about improving women's pay.

Career hacks

Why you need to speak up in meetings more in 2015

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Jenna Price   The change every woman in the work place needs to make this year.

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Charlize Theron smashes the Hollywood pay gap; gets $US10m for her next film

Actress Charlize Theron has reportedly negotiated equal pay for her next film.

The actress reportedly insisted she be paid the same as her male co-star in upcoming film The Huntsman, following leaked Sony documents that highlighted pay inequality in Hollywood.

Back to work

How to get over 'social jet lag'

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Claire Cohen   The holiday season's over and it's time to get back to work. Claire Cohen speaks to the experts to find out best to face the office again (sigh).

Dear doctors, women don't need 'menstrual leave'

"We don’t need ‘thoughtful’ male bosses to patronise us into resting up."

A UK gynaecologist thinks women should have three days of paid leave every month to cope with their periods.

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Rich list

Extreme wealth: Australia’s ultra rich women worth more than the men

Gina Rinehart was found to be Australia’s richest person in 2014, according to the BRW Rich List, with wealth of $20.01 billion.

Lucy Cormack   Women may be scarce in the exclusive club of ultra wealthy Aussies, but on average they are worth more than twice as much as their male counterparts.

Kasey Edwards

The one interview question I always lie about

‘What if I get a question about babies?’ asked a childless, but clucky younger woman I'm mentoring before a job interview.

Kasey Edwards   Sadly, the attitude that protecting women's rights is bad for business still exists.

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Jane Caro

How to get paid what you're worth

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Jane Caro   It has taken me a very long time to understand the very high price women pay for such self-limiting beliefs.

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The seven habits of one highly effective Gail Kelly

Stepping down: Gail Kelly.

Joanne Gray   Westpac CEO Gail Kelly's seven lessons for life and business

Work-life balance

The truth about how your home life interferes with your work life

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Andie Fox   "The pressure is on you, both implicitly and explicitly, to limit the overflow of home life into the workplace. Management literature is full of tips for getting the most out of employees that, collectively, begin to read like the mind of a sociopath."

Gender wage gap

The gender wealth gap widens

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Matt Wade   Australia's gender wealth gap has widened sharply over the past decade leaving single women aged under-35 with a little over half the average assets of their male counterparts.

Workplace diversity

Women stall on reaching corporate Australia's highest rungs

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Alana Schetzer   An analysis of gender diversity among ASX100 companies has found that women remain woefully under-represented among Australia's top public companies.

Annabel Crabb

We need a male equivalent to the term 'working mother' and other lessons from Annabel Crabb's book The Wife Drought

Annabel Crabb, author of The Wife Drought.

Alecia Simmonds   Women need wives and men need lives: an interview with political commentator, social satirist, TV-presenter, scribbler, baker, author and mother of three, Annabel Crabb.

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Moment of zen

How to deal with loud talkers at work

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Kate Jones   "Sometimes people I'm talking to on the phone ask what that noise in the background is."

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Women v men

Why women get tougher performance reviews than men

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Natalie Reilly   We're damned if we try to mimic men and damned if we try to act like ourselves.

Shonda Rhimes

Scandal showrunner Shonda Rhimes responds to racist NYT article in new interview

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Candice Chung   "It's a very good reminder to see the casual racial bias and odd misogyny from a woman written in a paper that we all think of as being so liberal."

Your salary could be the victim of a subconscious bias against assertive women

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Sarah Macdonald   Studies have proved women who negotiate better pay rises are more disliked and seen as less socially skilled,

Gender wage gap

Is your company being transparent about its gender wage gap? Now you can check

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Jenna Price   In Your Hands is a website where employees and other sticky beaks can check if companies have competed gender pay gap analyses.

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Workplace equality

I'm sick of talking about the work/life struggle with no men present

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Catherine Brooks   It's time we all agreed that this isn't just a problem for women to solve.

Larissa Waters

The price of being female: equal pay is not just about your salary

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Senator Larissa Waters   On Equal Pay Day today, it’s important we remember it’s not just women’s pay packets we need to act on but also their super balances.

Equal pay day: women must work an extra 64 days to equal mens' pay

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Alana Schetzer   Industrial segregation and "unconscious bias" is leading the growing gender pay gap, the head of Australia's Workplace Gender Equality Agency says.

Workplace inequality

Is flexibility in the workplace actually disadvantaging women?

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Caroline Zielinski   A new study contradicts the popular view that work flexibility helps women balance motherhood with their careers, and suggests that men are the ones benefiting instead.