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Fighting fr wmn's librtin





Fighting fr Wmn's Librtin

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Tdy, wmn r fcd with wht sms t b cntrdictin. Th first wmn's librtin lflt in ustrli ws distributd t dmnstrtin ginst th Vitnm wr in 1969. In ctbr tht yr Zld D'prn nd tw thr wmn chind thmslvs t th ntrnc t th rbitrtin Curt in Mlburn. Fr th first tim tht Curt fund in fvur f qul py fr idnticl wrk. nd in 1972 th Curt ruld in fvur f n py rt fr wrkrs undr n wrd t prvnt mplyrs cntinuing thir vsin f qul py by clssifying jbs wmn did s diffrnt frm mn's.

Yt, thirty-tw yrs ltr, ustrlin wmn wrking full tim still rn n vrg 85% f ml rnings. nd whn ll wmn r cmprd with ll mn, th prcntg is still nly 66% bcus 70% f wmn wrk prt tim. nd th gp is incrsing gin. In th yr My 1999 t My 2000, ml rnings fr full tim rdinry tim incrsd 5.1%, but wmn's nly by 4%.

W hv plthr f nti-discrimintin lws nd qul mplymnt pprtunity () is nshrind in lgisltin. Yt wmn rmin cncntrtd in th lw pid, ftn prt tim jbs with fw crr prspcts. In th lt nintis, in th Dprtmnt f ductin, mplymnt nd Trining, 50% f mplys wr wmn. In th tw lwst lvls, thy md up 75%, but nly 12% f mngmnt. rviw f stff t Griffith Univrsity in Brisbn rvld th sm inqulitis. In 1999, wmn wr 52% f ll stff, 35% f cdmic stff nd 62% f gnrl stff. Yt wmn wr vr-rprsntd in th lwr clssifictins in bth th cdmic nd gnrl rs. Wmn md up 86% f gnrl stff lvl n, 73% in lvl thr, but nly 45% f lvl tn nd 29% bv lvl tn. Thy md up 55% f cdmic lvl psitins, 38% f lvl B, 33% f lvl C, 20% f lvl D, nd nly 14% f lvl . Whn fcultis wr cmprd, th gndr diffrncs wr striking. Wmn cdmics md up 94% f stff in th schl f Nursing, but nly 9% in nginring, 23% in Scinc, 29% in Intrntinl Businss nd Plitics. nd this is univrsity tht clims its ffirmtiv ctin prgrm is wrking!

Thirty yrs ftr th sxul librtin mvmnt burst nt th scn, mdi cmmnttrs such s Bttin rndt rgulrly cmpign ginst th right fr singl wmn t hv childrn, singl wmn r dnid IVF in sm stts, ldr wmn WH chs t us IVF r vilifid. Lsbin wmn r still mrginlisd, prtryls f sx in ppulr cultur rmin ml cntrd nd ignrnt f wmn's sxul plsurs. nd th Cthlic Church cntinus t discrimint ginst lsbins nd gy mn with impunity. Intrntinlly, brtin rights rmin tnuus with nw cmpign t dfnd wmn's rights ginst th Bush dministrtin in th US, nd in thr cuntris it rmins illgl. Wmn r still pnly trtd s if thy'r sx bjcts in dvrtising, in ppulr cultur nd in mssivly xpnding sx industry.

Wmn's right t wrk is widly ccptd tdy - fr instnc thr hs bn n cncrtd cmpign ginst mrrid wmn's right t wrk during dcd nd hlf f mss unmplymnt. But it isn't tht simpl. Th Hwrd gvrnmnt slshd funding t cmmunity childcr cntrs, virtully mking wrk fr mny lw-incm wmn n impssibl ptin s child cr cn t up such lrg prcntg f thir incm it is nt wrth it.

S ws th wmn's librtin mvmnt wrth th tim nd nrgy? In spit f it ll th nswr shuld b rsunding "ys!". It ws wrth vry minut spnt prtsting, mrching, writing lflts, ttnding mtings nd rising hll. In th sixtis, prgnnt wmn wr simply xpctd t lv wrk with n ccss t mtrnity lv r py. Cntrcptin ws primitiv nd unrlibl, nd illgl, bckyrd brtins wr nightmr witing t hppn, mking sx surc f nxity nd guilt. In 1961 wmn wr nly 25% f th wrkfrc. nly 17% f mrrid wmn btwn th gs f 25 nd 34 nd 21% f mrrid wmn 35 t 44 wr in th pid wrkfrc. In 1966 th prticiptin rt in th pid wrkfrc by wmn ws 36% cmprd with 84% f mn. By 1994 wmn wr 43% f th wrkfrc nd 53% f wmn gd 16-54 wr in pid wrk cmprd with 73% f mn. Hwvr, th drmtic chng ws fr mrrid wmn with 63% f mrrid wmn gd 25-34 in pid wrk nd 71% gd 35 t 44. s lt s th rly sixtis wmn wr nt bl t srv n juris, culd nt gt Bnk ln in thir wn right, nd thr ws n supprting prnt's bnfit fr wmn (r mn fr tht mttr) if prtnrship brk up until 1974. Divrc ws lng drwn ut, xpnsiv ffir nd thr wr n rfugs whr wmn culd scp v...


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