January 25, 2017

Gladys Berejiklian: why not having children may work to her advantage

Let's be frank. Gladys Berejiklian's singledom and childlessness is an advantage. That's an unfortunate fact and an uncomfortable admission. But true. Parents know it. Women know it. In the unguarded words of a former senior federal female politician, being childless is a "luxury" for women with serious political ambitions. Interestingly, the woman who said that during an interview I was conducting some years ago on the very issue of fertility choices and the sacrifices women make as they climb the slippery rungs to leadership, was herself single and childless at the time. So was I.
January 17, 2017

Virginia on the art of communication planning and targeting your audience

Virginia Haussegger AM is an award-winning journalist and communications specialist, with over 25 years’ experience in news media. She recently transitioned to a new role at IGPA, the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis, University of Canberra, where she is an Adjunct Professor.
February 15, 2016

How the bimbos of breakfast TV disgraced themselves and feminism

What the hell is wrong with those daft women on commercial breakfast TV! Why are they winding up the ditzy dial? And why are they so dead keen to present themselves as mindless bimbos? As a woman who has spent 25 years on television, believe me, I ask these questions with great reluctance. And frustration. But seriously, what on earth is going on in Samantha Armytage's head? Not much it would seem, given the pitiful episode she and her gal pals put actress Kristin Davis through on Sunrise on Thursday. It was gender-cringe TV at its worst.
February 10, 2016

Sex and the City star, UNHCR supporter Kristin Davis says Australia ‘major player’ in refugee crisis

Actress Kristin Davis has weighed in on Australia's response to the global asylum seeker crisis, praising the "extraordinary" humanitarian work being done by NGOs and charities to support those in need. Best known for playing the incurable romantic Charlotte in popular television sitcom Sex and the City, Davis has made her first trip to Canberra as part of her role as UNHCR supporter.
September 25, 2015

Gender equality: Are we there yet?

In 1995, in China, 189 countries adopted the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a comprehensive roadmap to raise the status of women. But two decades after the world's oldest promise to women, how far have we come and which priorities still need attention?