Lovely woman, hesitating
Round the booths in sweet dismay
Her gentle bosom palpitating
Lest she cast her vote away
1902, a moment of such Liberation, such pride. It was the period when Australia became one of the first countries to allow women to vote. The poem I just read described how anxious women were to have their say for the first time. It was a hope for equality, men and women, same opportunities, same treatment. To this day, many will still say that men and women are not equal and in a sense this is true. Why is it that women with similar jobs as men are in fact paid less? Discrimination, pay gaps, bias; three words, one meaning: sexism. Modern Australia; there’s just no place for it. What is sexism?
Sexism is described as the prejudice, stereotyping, or discrimination that is based on gender. This type of discrimination is typically against women though men are still subjected to sexism as well. Studies have shown that 1 in 10 people will experience this type of discrimination in the workplace. There are laws made to help focus on the promoting of gender equality for women and men in the workplace such as the Workplace Gender Equality Act of 2012. Victims of this type of behaviour can find themselves
•In financial distress because they aren’t getting promoted •Feeling like they are inferior to the opposite gender
•And the victim can lose all self- esteem and personal identity •In the long run, many can develop mental disorders such as depression or anxiety.
Modern Australia; there’s no place for Sexism.
Sexism doesn’t just occur in the workplace, but everywhere, schools, sport and politics. In the words of Tony Abbott “What the housewives of Australia need to know when they are doing their ironing…” A few words created such fury, such Anger into many women living here in Australia. Julia Gillard, our first female Prime Minister spoke in anguish and fury as she performed a “slap...