After a couple of years in which physical isolation became the norm for many Australian women, Women in Super’s 2022 Mavis Robertson International Women’s Day lunch provided a welcome reminder of the power generated when women work together.
In fact, women supporting each other is a stronger driver of change than almost anything else, according to Suzi Chinnery of CARE Australia, who launched the aid agency’s Her Circle campaign at the Melbourne Mavis Robertson International Women’s Day lunch.
“Women together are stronger and women supporting women is a fact of life globally,” she said.
Women have been hard hit by the COVID pandemic, but the economic recovery has focused on men in hard hats, the Women in Super 2021 National Road Show heard in October. Over three sessions, we discussed a gender equal recovery from COVID-19, how the unequal division of work and care affects workers, particularly those in low-paid workforces, and the importance of paying super on parental leave.
The path to leadership requires putting yourself forward for new opportunities, according to Nicole Kennedy, who spoke at J.P. Morgan and Women in Super's latest Women in Leadership event.
A passion for the industry helped Nicole Kennedy overcome self-doubts and a perceived lack of experience on her journey to becoming a leader in Australia's $3.3 trillion super sector.
It was a lesson she learned early in her career, while working in a super fund call centre, before she eyed a pension and switch specialist role.
With NAIDOC Week 2021 wrapping up last weekend and Women in Super’s NAIDOC event a huge hit, I wanted to take the opportunity to thank our members for their participation, thank Lyn Melcer and Graeme Marrinan from QSuper for their deep insights in our online event and share some personal reflections about NAIDOC week.
The Third Women in Super ‘Super Summit’ concluded on Monday. Over three days we had six sessions that provided a wealth of insights contributed by a wide range of expert contributors on the topic of how we improve retirement outcomes for women. With one third of women retiring into poverty and women retiring on average with 40% less super than men, many of the themes and insights were not new and there have been no positive changes since the last two Summits that address the structural inequalities within the super, social and economic systems that lead to poorer retirement outcomes for women.
The Retirement Income Review Panel has been tasked with establishing a “fact base” of the current retirement income system, focusing on three pillars: the government age pension, compulsory superannuation, and voluntary savings including home ownership. Women in Super has prepared a submission in response to the Review, asking the Panel to utilise a gender lens, when considering the current system, because women, by nature, live, work and retire differently than men do, and these differences need to be considered in order to ensure the system in more equitable in the future.
Homelessness is currently affecting more than 116,000 Australians, and the issue continues to grow, particularly for older Australian women. The reality is that this is a trap which is extremely easy to fall into, and far more difficult to break out of.
There are many organisations, both public and private, who are working to address the homelessness problem in Australia, with a range of innovative solutions, however there is still so much more to be done.
This year, [Un]Equal Pay Day is on 28 August 2019, marking the 59 additional days from the end of the previous financial year that women must work, on average, to earn the same amount as men earnt that year.
We've had a think about what this means for us.
Twenty-eight super women are ready for the conference circuit after spending a day with the experts at Women in Super’s inaugural Speaking Training Day in Melbourne.