As Julie Bishop prepares to leave politics, the high-profile MP reflects on her 20-year political career that — at one time — saw her as the only woman sitting around an all-male Cabinet table.
It might seem strange, but it was on the misogynistic floors of Australia's meat packing factories that one of the great advances for Australian feminism was won.
The nation's largest companies with just one female director will be told to lift their game or face punishment by their shareholders, including votes against the re-election of their often-male chairmen.
The Coalition needs to introduce quotas to lift women in its ranks, says the chairman of 30% Club Australia, the lobby group pushing for 30 per cent female representation on the boards of the nation's top companies.
A five-year special investigation into women in leadership finds there's still an average $162,000 pay gap among women running top companies — and figures show it will be 80 years until there is an equal number of men and women running top businesses.
Over the past three decades, women have steadily climbed the ranks of centre-left parties around the world, while stalling in the centre-right parties. In Australia, when Liberals discuss the problem, one name keeps coming up.
Corporate Australia is just short of 30 per cent target for women on ASX200 boards, and could soon face higher targets to ensure company boards continue to lift women's representation.
Another record increase in the number of billionaires in Australia, from 33 to 43, sees their combined wealth climb to almost $160 billion last year, according to an Oxfam report.