We hear a lot about the gender pay gap.
We know that when it comes to paying women fairly, Australia ranks 36th in the world. We know that at the current rate of change, women will have to wait until 2133 to receive equal pay.
We know that women are underrepresented in board rooms and in cabinet.
But what we don’t hear about enough is what this inequality looks like at a grass roots level.
For women who work in trades, inequality is the absence of a female toilet in your workplace. Inequality is having to wear a uniform that doesn’t fit. Inequality is sexual harassment, and the absence of effective policies to deal with it.
Inequality is being a female in a career so profoundly male-dominated that you seem innately out of place.
Most of us, regardless of how progressive our ideas about gender are, would take notice of the presence of a female plumber, female construction worker, or a female automotive engineer. Not because we would doubt their skills, but simply because they’re so rare.