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.
As you will well be aware COVID-19 has forced us (as well as many of you) to rethink how we do things. We have made the decision to postpone all face-to-face events until September, at the earliest, but that doesn’t mean that we’ll be taking it easy!
We have been busy re-strategising and working out new ways of providing our members with the opportunity to network and interact with their peers, as this is the very foundation of what Women in Super is built on.
The pandemic has given us the shake-up we needed to push Women in Super into the digital world, which will mean we’re even more accessible, more unified, and more supportive through these difficult times, and beyond.
Wednesday 4 November 12.30pm - 1.30pm
Women in Super, in partnership with J.P. Morgan, want to shine a light on these women, not only to boost their profiles and allow them to share their stories, but also to give us the opportunity to see who they are, what they do and how they got there.
Tuesday 10 November - Wednesday 11 November
Older women were already the fastest growing cohort of the homeless before COVID struck. There is now a very real concern that many will never work again. This has not been helped by a significant lack of explicit policy measures in the recent budget to invest in sectors employing women and those over 50.
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.