Sydney Morning Herald

SMH 2015 - Annabel Crabb: I'm proud to be a feminist despite my regular lapses

From time to time I find articles that express the sentiments in my community, or that answer some of the questions my readers are asking. Here are the links to the source.

Thanks to Sydney Morning Herald, MARCH 7 2015 and Annabel Crabb for this gem.

 

I'm Proud to be a Feminist Despite my Regular Lapses

"Feminism is messy and imperfect, and has people you love, as well as people you can't stand.

I am a feminist because to be one seems perfectly obvious and reasonable to me. I am a feminist because it bothers me that women are more than 50 per cent of the population and more than 60 per cent of university graduates but somehow only 3 per cent of chief executives. I am a feminist because it bothers me that a woman gets killed by her male partner every single week, and somehow that doesn't qualify as a tools-down national crisis even though if a man got killed by a shark every week we'd probably arrange to have the ocean drained. I am a feminist because it bugs me that "working mum" is a phrase I hear every day but I never hear "working dad"."

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Elizabeth Broderick led change by making gender equity a contest - SMH Sept 2015 (Annabel Crabb)

The reality is that diversity in all its forms is a societal issue - and gender diversity is not just about women. So while there are some skeptics of the Male Champions of Change program, my personal belief is that until we involve everyone in solving this nothing much will change. Power, in all its forms, is challenging to let go of whether you are a man or a woman, so convincing men that they need to step down from leadership and give someone else a go, is not going to be easy if you yelling from the sidelines so to speak.

Once again - I'm a big fan of Annabel Crabb's writing. Here's more.

Extract from Sydney Morning Herald 

Annabel Crabb - 5 September 2015

"Sex discrimination commissioner created a new club for male business leaders, who then vied to one-up each other.

For a person whose job it is to promote the interests of women, the Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick has spent an awful lot of time thinking about and talking to men.

Has her approach been provocative? Indisputably. Controversial? Sure. Worth it? I reckon – and here's why."

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