Women in Super is a national advocacy and networking group for women employed in the superannuation and wider financial services industries. We work to improve women’s retirement outcomes and access to superannuation. In 1998 we initiated the Mother’s Day Classic walk/run and have raised $35.3 million for the National Breast Cancer Foundation since beginning.
We work to Make Super Fair by improving women's retirement outcomes through policy change; provide opportunities for members to develop their networks as well as professional development training; promote equal participation of women at all levels within the superannuation and financial services industry and to strengthen our network through promotion of the Mother's Day Classic.
We believe in connecting, inspiring and supporting women in the superannuation and wider financial services industries. As a member, you have the opportunity to network with and learn from other women in the industry; contribute to superannuation policy-making; and participate in a number of volunteer committees, including helping to organise the Mother's Day Classic.
Wednesday 10 August, 12pm - 1.30pm (online)
No single policy change will close the gender super gap. A holistic approach is imperative if we want to achieve a fairer retirement income system, but each policy setting that we can implement will be a much-needed step towards equality in retirement.
To celebrate this opportunity for change, we also want to invite you to the official launch of our Policy Campaign, where we will provide an overview of our asks, and a panel discussion of industry leaders and experts around what is required to improve gender equality in this space.
Friday 12 August, 12pm - 2pm
Executive coaches, authors and gender equity advocates Kate Boorer and Fiona Pearman share their insights, expertise and the research to equip you with the mindset and practical, how-to strategies to meet the complexities of the hybrid work environment and craft the career and work experiences you desire.
Drawing on their extensive experience with clients and personal stories, this interactive session will provoke you to think differently about your potential to achieve your biggest goals.
Various dates in September
Over the last few years we have witnessed a groundswell of young Australian women using their voice to demand change in the world that they want to live in. The likes of Grace Tame, Chanel Contos, Brittany Higgins, and Bri Lee.
Bri is passionate about action. Like us, she wants to see actual legislative and policy change when it comes to equality. Gone are the days where we repeat the same fight, over and over, generation after generation. These women are not taking no for an answer.
Our Make Super Fair policy aims to deliver better retirement outcomes for women and low income earners. Women still retire with 47% less super than men and the fastest growing cohort of homeless people in Australia is single older women.
Women in Super has called for the immediate implementation of a series of focused policy measures that will change the superannuation system, including an annual $1000 contribution to help address the growing number of retired women living in poverty.
With an estimated 40% of older single retired women living in poverty, this policy addresses the current system which is not fair, efficient or sustainable and needs to change to make super fair for everyone.
Women in Super has led a collective stance taken by the superannuation industry against family and domestic violence. The following organisations are doing what they can to reduce family violence and to assist those who have experienced or are experiencing it by signing the Domestic Violence Charter:
ACSI, AIST, AustralianSuper, CareSuper, Catholic Super, Cbus, Energy Super, Equipsuper, ESSSuper, First State Super, First Super, HESTA, Hostplus, Industry Fund Services, Industry Super Australia, Industry Super Holdings, ISPT, ME, MTAA Super, Mother's Day Classic Foundation, Northern Trust, PwC, QSuper, Rest, Statewide Super, Sunsuper, SuperFriend, TelstraSuper, UniSuper, VicSuper and Vision Super.
During these unprecedented times, Women in Super is particularly concerned about the impact the pandemic will have on the financial security of many women who have found themselves out of work, with reduced working hours and/or isolated at home in precarious situations. Accessing super early is not just a $20,000 decision - it comes with long-term implications which need to be considered before a final decision is made.
The Women in Super Mother’s Day Classic is an annual walk or run that raises funds for breast cancer research. The event was initiated in 1998 and continues to be organised by Women in Super.
This national event has provided the community with a great way to celebrate Mother’s Day and also support breast cancer research. We see our organisation of the Mother’s Day Classic as an important investment in the future health of Australian women, so they can enjoy a happy and healthy retirement.