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No government can love a child, and no policy can substitute for a family’s care. But at the same time, government can either support or undermine families as they cope with moral, social and economic stresses of caring for children.
~Hillary Rodham Clinton
It’s not enough to make time for your children. There are certain stages in their lives when you have to give them the time when they want it. You can’t run your family like a company. It doesn’t work.
Family, religion, friends.. these are the three demons you must slay if you wish to succeed in business.
By Orlando on August 12, 2014
Here we are at Life at Nine already. How quickly they grow up! The ABC’s documentary series tracking the growth and development of a sample cross-section of Australian children only appears every two years. The two episodes of this edition are designated ‘Independence’ and ‘Creativity’.
By Orlando on July 25, 2014
A piece came across my Twitter feed a few weeks ago about an American doctor who died earlier this year. Rebecca Greenfield wrote describing the pay discrimination her mother experienced, the retaliation she suffered when she protested, and the enormous personal cost of the years she spent fighting the injustice.
By Orlando on July 23, 2014
One for the dressmakers, costumiers and historians among us: an unexpected family treasure unearthed.
By blue milk on May 7, 2014
The documentary film, Lost in Living from film-maker, Mary Trunk follows four women artists over seven years as they combine motherhood with their art careers and it will be streaming for free over this Mother’s Day weekend (9-11 May). No password will be required at this link. Enjoy! Motherhood is an endurance test that never […]
By Mary on April 3, 2014
I was inspired by my baby suddenly being given a daycare place, and my ambivalence about placing her in daycare as a young baby, to remember all my frustrations with the Australian pre-school daycare system, and to suggest what, from my perspective, would be considerable improvements.
By blue milk on March 4, 2014
The Abbott government wants to stop collecting some of the gender equality data currently required of Australian businesses. Because what’s something cheap you can give business in a time of (sorta) fiscal constraint? Red tape reductions.. and gender equality data can potentially be embarrassing to both business and government so there’s some low hanging fruit […]
By Mindy on February 5, 2014
Welcome to the 69th Down Under Feminists Carnival. This month read some of the best posts from January 2014.
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By Orlando on January 8, 2014
It looks like we need a spillover thread from the Totally Esoteric Thread, since Hildy and tigtog have lots to talk about regarding biomechanics, and I really want to ask kittehserf why that particular Louis. Feel free to chat, mingle, circulate and find out more about whatever thing it was that that person knows about […]
By Orlando on January 6, 2014
While we sit around waiting for someone with some political muscle to actually weigh in on the issue of ARC funding cuts and the disrespect being shown to expertise, let us occupy ourselves in a positive way by opening up eilish’s suggested Totally Esoteric Thread. Please take this opportunity to share with the rest of us which esoteric pocket you can be popped into, especially if you are generally a lurker, and let’s find out what we, collectively, know.
By Orlando on December 2, 2013
Windgap Foundation has partnered with Eastside Radio 89.7FM, theatre professionals and DJs to develop the ‘Making Airwaves’ project, an opportunity for people with an intellectual disability to learn radio presentation and production skills, creating their own radio show to be aired on International Day of People with Disability, 3 December 2013.
By Orlando on October 23, 2013
As a follow-up to Ada Lovelace Day, a series of photos in the Guardian of “Inspiring Women in Science and Technology”. Please find within it a picture of my wonderful, brilliant friend Lauren, who does remarkable things with exotic plants at Kew gardens, along with thirteen other women working in STEM fields. Related posts (automatically […]
By Orlando on September 13, 2013
This month, Dublin City Council voted to name the new bridge over the river Liffey ‘Rosie Hackett Bridge’. This was in response to a huge campaign from Dubliners, mostly women, who felt Rosie was due a decent and long-lasting public memorial. All of the 16 previously existing bridges in the city are named after men. Rosie Hackett was a pioneering trade unionist who co-founded the Irish Women Workers’ Union (IWWU) in 1911.
By Orlando on September 2, 2013
From Allison Benedikt at Slate comes this delightfully provocatively phrased piece, “If You Send Your Kid to Private School, You Are a Bad Person”. This seems like a conversation that is worth having.
By blue milk on August 30, 2013
I see that as long as any kind of social transfer is involved rich women are as capable of “getting themselves pregnant” as teenage girls are claimed to be. Because conception is something that women and girls do to themselves, presumably by deliberately and irresponsibly walking through a cloud of anonymous, minding-its-own-business sperm somewhere. Apparently, […]