Last Friday I had the opportunity to attend the memorial lunch for Clare Burton which is hosted by Curtain University at the Parmelia Hilton in the CBD
Clare was a leading researcher, teacher, public sector administrator, consultant, intellectual and activist.
In a nutshell Clare advocated for social change and created what is now the National Pay Equity Coalition.
The Clare Burton Memorial lunch raises money which supports her $10.000 Memorial Scholarship for postgraduate research/study into the area of gender equity
Clare passed away suddenly in 1998
|The Podium for the quests question time|
This years guest speakers were the wonderful Jane Caro (copy writer, lecturer, author) and Catherine Fox (writer for the Australian Financial review, deputy editor AFRnBoss Magazine) . Bear in mind the discussion is around Equality in the corporate world
Some viewed the talks as man bashing, I didn’t think so as it made for debate and healthy discussion, whilst giving out some facts
Here’s what I got out of it.
- WA is 17% behind the rest of the country in equal pay
- Men dominate boards because they can
- Men say woman can’t sit on boards as they have no board experience (wonder where the men get their experience from)
- Those woman that are on boards in Australia are very good at what they do and have earnt their place
- Finland/Sweden passed legislation allowing for 40% of female participation on their boards
- In Finland, pre primary and kindergarden years focuses on working on a childs Literacy Learning and, numeracy needs, not writing their names and counting, that comes later. I also don’t think they start school till they are 7years of age
- This information then is forwarded to the schools so they can gain better outcomes for the students, enhance teaching to the individuals learning styles
- There are now so many eligible woman to sit on boards in that part of the world that, there are in fact, not enough places available so these woman are sitting on boards in other countries other than their own
- That there is a generation of woman, who married raised a family and then returned to the workforce (of which I am one) however should they divorce they will never recover financially and will live out their lives on support payment
- Whereas men recover financially within 7 years of a divorce
- Woman take their husbands surname even though there is no legal obligation to do so, because we were driven to, but are now keeping their own, or hyphenating them (and isn’t that a pain in the arse, then what do you give you children, whose name do you choose if any)
|The Brochure introducing the speakers|
|This beautiful tree I spotted on my way back to the car, which was parked on Riverside Drive, it was ginormous (if that’s a word)|
I must mention, one of the great ladies at our table facilitates an online Graduate Certificate through Curtin University, this was mentioned as I had foolishly suggested that a Graduate Certificate was on my mind and a possibility. When she mentioned an online course, I said that wasn’t for me as I had tried on line learning before and it didn’t sit well, she assured me hers was very interactive
She said her program was successful and the only part students had trouble with was the financial section. I said well that counts me out as I don’t even know my times tables!!!!!!
Wish I could remember her name
Happy start to the new week everyone, It is Sunday afternoon, a glass of wine in hand; and time for Brittany and I to put up the tree. Michael is hiding in the garage and Sam is hiding in her room