Women and the IR changes

Justine Eversson

Philosophical undercurrents

• Neo-liberal economics and a deregulated labour market - Men will always do better than women under these conditions

• Social and moral conservatism - Women are homemakers - Men are breadwinners

• This is not our world or our labour market

• These philosophical currents operating separately, together or at cross-purpose deepen inequality - especially for women

"We need a new gender politic to move forward."

IR changes worst for women

• More women will be low paid - Women already over represented in low paid sector in Australia - 18 per cent women, 12 per cent of men - Glimpse into our future