9 episodes

Women Are The Business links cutting edge research and real life experience to explain the hurdles women face at work and in life. With each episode we'll go inside the issues that affect women in the workplace, from dissecting Paid Parental Leave and personal finance to understanding the impacts of housework or working in a gender divided industry. We'll leave you with practical ideas for your own life and give you big picture solutions that could change the game for women all over the world.

Women are the Business University of Melbourne

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    • 5.0 • 35 Ratings

Women Are The Business links cutting edge research and real life experience to explain the hurdles women face at work and in life. With each episode we'll go inside the issues that affect women in the workplace, from dissecting Paid Parental Leave and personal finance to understanding the impacts of housework or working in a gender divided industry. We'll leave you with practical ideas for your own life and give you big picture solutions that could change the game for women all over the world.

    Episode 8: Women Worldwide

    Episode 8: Women Worldwide

    In the final episode of Women are the Business, we're stepping beyond the Western workplace. Women in developing nations face many of the same challenges as women in the West, as well as some that are uniquely their own.

    With the help of two experts, we're addressing the power of research and finding out why it's important to acknowledge the diverse experience of women around the world.

    Today's guests are Sarah Boyd, Director of Global Advocacy at Data2X, and Dr Diana Contreras Suarez, Research Fellow at the Melbourne Institute: Applied Economic and Social Research.

    References:

    What's keeping women out of work? (9 March 2020)

    • 18 min
    Episode 7: The Gender Power Gap

    Episode 7: The Gender Power Gap

    In Australia, only 7% of the biggest companies are led by women. Women are significantly underrepresented in decision-making, and the problem gets worse the higher you go.

    In this episode of Women Are The Business, we take a look at what's behind the gender power gap, from stereotypes to leadership styles. Plus we tackle hot-button solutions, like quotas.

    We spoke to two women who were at the vanguard - Jan West and Sue Morphet - and leadership expert Jen Overbeck.

    • 24 min
    Episode 6: A Conversation with Julia Gillard

    Episode 6: A Conversation with Julia Gillard

    In this special episode of Women are the Business, we're bringing you a candid conversation with University of Melbourne alum, and former Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Gillard.

    We spoke about the roadblocks to true gender equality, how she looks back on her career with the benefit of hindsight, the power of activism and what she's been up to since she left politics.

    "We only change big things in our world by talking about them."

    • 30 min
    Episode 5: Women v COVID-19

    Episode 5: Women v COVID-19

    The COVID-19 pandemic is shaking up the way we live and work - and in this episode we take a close look at how women and men are affected in different ways.

    As we'll hear, the pandemic has exposed the "care crisis" in our homes, and highlighted women's role at the frontline of the response. It threatens to take gender equity backwards in the workplace.

    Can we get to the other side of the pandemic without making gender inequity worse?

    Our guests are Associate Professors Susan Ainsworth and Leah Ruppanner.

    References

    Why coronavirus may forever change the way we care within families. The Conversation (26 March 2020).

    Flexible families = workplace equality. Pursuit (7 March 2016)

    COVID-19 has laid bare how much we value women's work, and how little we pay for it. The Conversation (21 April 2020)

    'A Blinding Lack of Progress': Management Rhetoric and Affirmative Action. Gender, work & organization (November 2010)

    • 24 min
    Episode 4: "His and Hers" Jobs

    Episode 4: "His and Hers" Jobs

    Despite huge progress when it comes to equality in the workforce, there is one trend that is proving hard to budge: gender segregation. In this episode, two experts lay out the data on the prevalence of female and male dominated jobs - from education and nursing to computer science and construction.

    Does it matter that the labour market is so gender-segregated?

    Today's guests are Libby Lyons, Director of Australia's Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA), and Dr Victor Sojo, Lecturer in Leadership and Research Fellow at the Centre for Workplace Leadership.

    References

    Why does workplace gender diversity matter: Justice, organisational benefits and policy. Social Issues and Policy Review. 2020

    WGEA Fact Sheet: Gender Segregation in Australia's Workforce. (17 April 2019)

    · Women's value: beyond the business case for diversity and inclusion. The Lancet. 2019

    · Unconscious bias is keeping women out of senior roles, but we can get around it (6 March 2017)

    · If we're serious about gender equality, we need more women in leadership roles (28 October 2016)

    • 21 min
    Episode 3: We Need to Talk About Money

    Episode 3: We Need to Talk About Money

    Money shapes our personal and professional lives in dramatic ways, but we're often reluctant to talk about it.

    On episode three of Women are the Business, we're speaking to two experts about their own experiences with money - the good the bad and the ugly.

    We're digging into the gender pay gap, the problem with Australia's retirement system and the prevalence of financial abuse.

    Our guests: Corinne Proske (BCom 1993), General Manager of ethical lending platform, Speckle, and Professor Carsten Murawski, Co-Director of the Brain, Mind & Markets Lab.

    For more stories on women's working lives, head to: https://fbe.unimelb.edu.au/womenarethebusiness

    Today's episode contains some strong language and discusses domestic violence. If this raises concerns for you or someone you know, there is support available on 1800 Respect or Lifeline on 13 11 14

    Show Research References:

    Prof Carsten Murawski:

    •Care for our financial health: https://pursuit.unimelb.edu.au/articles/care-for-our-financial-health
    •FinFuture White Paper - The future of personal finance in Australia: https://www.unimelb.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/3145612/FinFuture_White_Paper.pdf

    F*ck Off Fund article: https://www.thebillfold.com/2016/01/a-story-of-a-fuck-off-fund/

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

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35 Ratings

35 Ratings

AmberP18 ,

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Dang - Love this podcast! Amazing to get research and real life tied up in one neat package

Wieczkiewicz ,

Great first episode

Good insights, really well rounded. Love it.

K8k8k8zz ,

Amazing!

An awesome first ep that tackles a real issue for women working in Australia today!

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