Work and Money

Race politics

Trying to make my way as a black woman in a supremely white industry

In a world known for its exclusivity, I have a unique perspective.

Lisa Calloway* 12:15 AM   Lisa Calloway noticed she was different from her fellow aspiring 'yachties' in one significant way.

Late bloomers

The overwhelming pressure to be accomplished while young

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Ruby Hamad   "There is time in a long life to try many different things. It's OK to take your time," Ruby Hamad writes.

Wage gap

U.S. women earn almost $500,000 less than men over course of their working lives

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Sarah McGregor   What's the individual damage from gender inequality in the workplace? For the average U.S. woman it totals more than $430,000.

Women in STEMM

Nalini Joshi: How to give women in STEMM a fair chance to succeed

"Australia is frozen in time": Nalini Joshi.

Nalini Joshi   Of the professors of mathematical sciences in Australia, only 9 per cent are women. In the natural and physical sciences, about 14 per cent are women. This needs to change.

Why female workers need better price signals on our time

Why changes in penalty rates will have a far greater effect on women than it does on men.

Jenna Price   Why changes in penalty rates will have a far greater effect on women than it does on men.

Lady boss

Let's stop talking up the 'feminine' leadership style

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Jennifer Whelan   Why the "special feminine qualities" approach to promoting the value of women in leadership roles makes Jennifer Whelan feel a little "uppity".

Etsy and Fidelity expand their family leave policies

Why is it that only girls are permitted to enter the playground of gender fluidity?

Rebecca Greenfield   "I think that we're starting to see that employers really need these resources to attract talent."

Page turner

Things no one tells you about being a literary publisher

Pippa Masson in her Sydney office.

Pippa Mason   Literary agent Pippa Masson gives would-be authors the inside story on what sells and why.

Pressure cooking

Do we need stress to bring out our creativity?

It's rarely the most contented, most cheerful and most relaxed among us who create the best art, writes Gina Barreca.

Gina Barreca   It's rarely the most contented, most cheerful and most relaxed among us who create the best art, writes Gina Barreca.

Which gender pays a higher price for office romance?

"Men who date higher status women are negatively evaluated in a biased manner because such types of relationships are ...

Kasey Edwards   A new study reveals the career impact men and women face for dating their bosses.

When the customer can be wrong

One in four female employees has experienced sexual harassment at work at some time in the past five years.

Rae Cooper and Laura Good   Contrary to popular belief and in contrast to community expectations, the prevalence of sexual harassment in the workplace has remained largely unchanged during the past 30 years.

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How pay secrecy keeps women's salaries down

The results indicate the presence of women in corporate leadership positions can boost a firm's performance.

Michelle Brown and Leanne Griffin   Forcing workers to stay quiet about pay keeps women’s wage rates lower than those of men in equivalent jobs

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Overseas postings

Women want the foreign postings companies give to men

Women working for big global companies say they aren't getting the international assignments they need for career ...

Jeff Green and Carol Hymowitz   Women working for big global companies say they aren't getting the international assignments they need for career advancement because employers think they're less mobile than men.

You shouldn’t need to keep your boss posted on your womb status

Pregnant

Christine D'Mello   "If you turned that around, would you ask a man the same question? The answer is no."

Kindness at work

Why is it so difficult for workplaces to achieve widespread kindness?

Being nice is the right thing to do, but it also reaps benefits in a work environment.

Rex Huppke   It's as if simple logic is trumped by a baked-in belief that kindness isn't compatible with success in the working world.

Love your work

There's no shame in not loving your job

Love isn’t clear-cut - it can ebb and flow. So why shouldn't you feel the same about work?, writes Shannon McKeogh.

Shannon McKeogh   Love isn’t clear-cut - it can ebb and flow. So why shouldn't you feel the same about work?

Office space

The modern office is exactly like a share house

"When I'm feeling nostalgic for my communal living days, all I need to do is go to any workplace and head into the ...

Dom Knight   "They say that joining the army gives you skills for life. I say that having to live in close proximity with people who aren't forced to keep everything extremely clean might be even more challenging," writes Dom Knight.

Profits of diversity

Study of 91 countries finds more women executives equals more profits

The results indicate the presence of women in corporate leadership positions can boost a firm's performance.

Sebastien Malo   "If you're a firm and you're discriminating against potential female leaders, that means you're essentially doing a bad job of picking the best leader for your firm."

What it's like to be a female tradie in a male-dominated industry

Plumber Elissa Pirotta owns her own  business,  Valetta.
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Clare Sibthorpe   They've faced challenges from stereotypes and discrimination to toilet shortages and clothing issues. But these women wouldn't trade in their trades for any other job.

How the recruitment industry plays the race card

"Like poker players, recruiters would stealthily select the cards that will give them the best chance of winning."

Lisa Camille Robinson   "Like poker players, recruiters would stealthily select the cards that will give them the best chance of winning."

The honest sick notes you wish you could write to your boss

"Dear Boss, you are completely inflexible. Now so am I."

Jenna Price   "Dear Boss, you are completely inflexible. Now so am I."

Burnout

How to identify and address burnout

Has your work-life balance has gone awry?

Linda Blair   Has your work-life balance has gone awry?

Back to work

Why the first week back at work is such a drag, and how to get through it

Caucasian college student outdoors with her book.

Jenna Price   Jenna Price: No matter in what shape I left my office and my desk, there is always unfinished business to confront on returning.

Just Not Sorry

Women 'just' don't need your new email-policing app

Australian women are at the frontline of the international feminist digilante movement and their efforts are getting results.

Jessica Grose   My hope for 2016 is that there are fewer articles preaching at women – particularly young women – about how they should speak.

There's a gender gap at the business-lunch table too

Connected Living

Josephine Cafagna   Long lunches. It's the way to do business, when you're a man.

Moving on

The moment I knew I'd had enough

"It is empowering to be one's own boss."

Christine D’Mello   Ever faced that moment in your career when you want to walk away from it all and be your own boss? Meet three women who did.

Workplace sexism

Sexism and bullying force women out of tradies' pond

For many women  it is difficult finding an employer willing to take on a female apprentice.

Kirsty Needham   Women are dropping out of trade apprenticeships at higher rates than men, with sexism and bullying cited as the cause.

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Pay gap

Australia's gender pay gap is $27,000 and barely closing

Hand of a woman holding a trendy handbag.

Frances Mao   It's in improvement of less than 1 per cent on last year's report.

Festive Season

The 8 people you'll meet at every Christmas party and how to survive them

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Clem Bastow   The Christmas party season strikes fear into the hearts of mortals.

When being fired from a job feels like a break-up

In the weeks following, I couldn't sleep, but I couldn't get out of bed either

Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen   "In the weeks following, I couldn't sleep, but I couldn't get out of bed either."

Pay gap

Let's rejoice! Women are only 118 years away from equal pay

Women today are being paid the average wage men earned in 2006.

Ambereen Choudhury   How nice for our great grandchildren!

Facebook post sparks adland spat

The photograph that started it all: Leo Burnett shows off its new hires.

Michael Koziol   Does Australia's advertising industry have a problem with women? It's a question that has bubbled to the surface following agency Leo Burnett's announcement of five new recruits - all of them male.

Boys club

Leo Burnett puts more women in management picture after being caught hiring all-male team

The photograph that started it all: Leo Burnett shows off its new hires.

Jenny Noyes   Let this PR disaster be a lesson to all companies that it pays to take diversity seriously.

Office spouse

Why on earth do people have 'work spouses'?

Jim and Pam from the office, the quintessential flirting turned romance.

Natalie Reilly   Perhaps the question should be: what or whom are you avoiding at home?

Pay gap

Exec bonuses should depend on number of senior women employed: report

Businessman

Lisa Barrington   What if bonuses paid to executives depended on the number of women employed in senior roles?

Jane Caro

Jane Caro: Don't just ask for help, pay for it

Jane Caro.

Jane Caro   Everyone benefits from seeing a professional counsellor, argues Jane Caro, speaking from experience.

Women in Tech

Why women can't rely on the government to end workplace discrimination

Claire Connelly.

Claire Connelly   "Now that we're entitled to equal pay and participation, we have to follow through," writes Claire Connelly.

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Why avoiding burnout is the best career move you can make

"Most women I know have been socially-conditioned to already do these things on a daily basis, to our detriment."

The average full-time worker does six hours of unpaid overtime each week. Is there any wonder we are more anxious and exhausted than ever?

'Lean on' feminism?

Shaming women for paying others to do ‘care work’ won’t fix inequality

"What we need to focus on is ensuring that these jobs are valued, respected, and adequately paid - just like any other ...

Jenny Noyes   What we need to focus on is ensuring that these jobs are valued, respected, and adequately paid - just like any other industry.

Sex work

'I'm not just doing sex work to get through uni'

"Working privately has taught me to be very business savvy - you have to take your own photos, make a website, message ...

Alice Williams   Sex work is increasingly common for Australian students. Marina* tells how she chose the industry and why she doesn't plan to leave it any time soon.

What I learned from conversations with women in power

Julia Gillard has donated a fully-funded MBA and Bachelor degree to Cosmopolitan ahead of its annual Women of the Year ...

Geraldine Doogue   Julia Gillard: "At the end of the day, when I go home and pull up the drawbridge, I want to be able to recognise myself."

How to block 'manterruptions' at work

"While it's accepted that boys make noise and yell at one another, we tell girls to keep their voices down."

Tanith Carey   Female workers struggle to be heard in the office environment - but there are some new solutions to the age-old problem

Why there's no such thing as 'workplace resilience'

Wellbeing programs offered by employers won't get to the root of why we're not happy at work.

Andrew Thackrah and Susie Byers   Wellbeing programs offered by employers won't get to the root of why we're not happy at work.

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Here's why Australians should get five weeks of annual leave

Judgement ... don't assume I'm misusing my phone.

Jessica Irvine   Hands up if you spend 10 minutes each weeknight checking work emails?

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Working smart

Sweden is shifting to six-hour working day

The theory behind the shift to a shorter working day is that businesses will ultimately reap the financial benefits  of ...

Chloe Booker   Sweden continues with its renowned family friendly policies by shifting to a six hour working day.

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We shouldn't need to modify our behaviour to 'get ahead'

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 16:  Eli Infante is seen outside the Capsule show wearing a Waraire Boswell top and Oak and Fortman ...

Natalie Reilly   Promoting authentic power means valuing not just quotas of women at top levels, but their own way of doing business.

Objectified at work

How a woman's weight can cost her a job

Flight attendant

Kasey Edwards   Over 100 Air India flight attendants have been grounded after failing a weigh-in. But 'fat discrimination' against women at work exists well beyond the headlines.

Success isn't just about 'showing up'

Young blonde woman watching a sunset from a roof of a construction site.

Kasey Edwards   'Showing up' takes time and resources; a room of one's own. Something that women often have less access to.

Women work 65 extra days to match men's pay

The gender pay gap is rising in wealthy states such as WA and NSW.

Why does Equal Pay Day fall on a different day every year? Because the date is determined by the extra number of days women need to work to earn the same as men in a financial year.

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Working mums

Why I'm glad my mum worked when I was a kid

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Clare Lombardo   Many still think children are better with stay-at-home mums, but the research disagrees.

Should your boss be paying you for micro-tasks?

Should we be compensated for those early morning emails?

Vivek Wadhwa   Should we be compensated for those 10pm emails?

Naked truth

The unexpected freedom of being a nude art model

"Naked with knickers is much more sexualised than plain naked."

Claire Lowdon   For novelist Claire Lowdon, stripping down for a class of drawing students proved revelatory.

Making time

Why are ambitious mums are still guilt-tripped into unnecessary sacrifices?

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

Brigid Schulte   Women do have time for ambitious careers and family - it's all about making conscious decisions with that time, says researcher Laura Vanderkam.

Parental leave

Netflix to offer unlimited parental leave in infant's first year

It's probably the most generous parental leave policy in the US.

Anthony Palazzo and Lucas Shaw   It's probably the most generous parental leave policy in the US.

Office romance

Your work crush might improve your marriage

When you're stuck in a building for eight hours doing the same thing as everyone around you, it requires some effort to ...

Pining for someone at work when you're taken probably won't change your relationship.

Gender targets

It's time to seriously tackle gender targets

The Abbott government ministry is among the worst in the developed world for gender diversity, with just two women in ...

Canberra, we have a problem. And it's time to think seriously about fixing it.

Pay equality

Jessica Irvine: Why the gender pay gap is worse than you think

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

Jessica Irvine   It is true that the commonly quoted statistic of a gap of 18.8 per cent between male and female full time average weekly earnings does not compare apples with apples.

Gender roles

Why millennial men aren't the Dads they thought they'd be

They're hands-on fathers, but when reality in the workplace bites, men fall back into traditional gender roles.

Claire Cain Miller   They want to be hands-on fathers as well as breadwinners. But as workplace reality bites, things don't quite turn out that way.

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Women in power

The myth of merit for women in leadership

<i>Illustration: Michael Mucci</i>

Judith Ireland   Is there a more patronising or misleading word in gender equality debates than "merit?"

How single women are being priced out of the housing market

Single women are being priced out of the housing market.

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