Australia's newly minted Minister for Women has been advocating behind the scenes for women in the Liberal Party for decades. But Marise Payne has her work cut out for her in this new job.
Even in this modern age things work differently in Parliament for mums and dads and the sorts of decisions that plague mothers in politics do not seem to interfere unduly with the decisions of fathers. But there might be a solution, writes Annabel Crabb.
No longer satisfied with the status quo, the female designers of 'pleasure products' are reshaping an industry that once gave short shrift to the female anatomy.
From tonight, the Brisbane Broncos will no longer have cheerleaders — they'll henceforth be a dance squad, replete with new outfits, in a bid to "desexualise" the female dancers.
The problem with quotas — apart from their unpleasantly anti-democratic vibe — is that you can't really lab test them to see what would have happened without them. But a unique case in India provides a clue, writes Annabel Crabb.
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.
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.
For women, spending time out of the workforce can erode their superannuation. Some countries have already found a way to change that and now, there is a push for carer credits to be introduced in Australia.