Australia drops in gender gap rankings

This week the World Economic Forum released their annual Global Gender Gap Report where Australia has dropped 5 ranking places to #44 out of 153 countries. Australia's disappointing result is right behind Jamaica, Bolivia and Laos, and just ahead of Zambia, Panama and Zimbabwe. This widens our gap with local neighbors New Zealand ranked #6 and the Phillipines ranked #16. In the first 9 years of data collection from 2006-2014 Australia dropped 9 ranking places from #15 to #24, and in the last 6 years alarmingly Australia has dropped a further 20 places from #24 to #44. This is partly due to the sharp fall in economic participation and opportunity of 35 ranking places from #14 in 2014 to #49 in 2020. It is not surprising that the Coalition governments' penalty rate cuts, wages stagnation, cuts to social services and austerity policies have  disproportionately impacted badly on women.  Globally, closing the gender gap in economic participation will take 257 years (compared to 202 years in last year's report). There is no country where men spend the same amount of time on unpaid work as women and even in countries where the ratio is lowest it's still 2:1. This is simply not good enough, we can't afford to wait to achieve gender equity at the current rate. We need you to take action: become a member, donate or volunteer to be a part of the change. 

ANU study shows growing gender differences in voting

The ANU Australian Election Study has released the data for the 2019 federal election. The gender gap in voting patterns between genders continues to widen with 45% of men giving their first preferences to the Liberal Party vs. just 35% of women. Women were also more likely to vote Labor at 37%, compared to 34% of men. This continues a long-term trend since the 1990s. Women also self-identify as more left-leaning and men as more right-leaning. The survey also discredits anti-choice campaigners who claimed that the ALP policy platform that included access to abortion services contributed to the electoral loss.  There is no evidence that the opposition to abortion has changed and hence impacted on the May 18 result with still only 4% of Australian opposed to abortion.  The results of this study support the recommendations EMILY's List Australia made to the ALP's election review in our  “Target the message: Gender learnings from the Federal Election Campaign 2019” report.  This includes investing resources into gender-based campaigning and communications targeted towards women voters and more women in campaign decision-making and staffing clicking here. 

Campaign equality essential for Labor to win in 2022

Today we release the summary of your feedback on Labor’s federal election campaign. The report “Target the message: Gender learnings from the Federal Election Campaign 2019” was submitted to the Weatherill and Emerson Review and has very clear messages for the review panel: there is a fantastic women’s policy agenda that failed to be communicated to the Australian voters. We commend the extensive work of the Labor Women’s Caucus and the many members and staff who contributed to “Labor’s Plan for Equality”. The Labor Party presented arguably the most comprehensive plan ever for Australian women, but it continues to underestimate and under resource campaigns that communicate directly to women and therefore win their vote. Our ten recommendations to the review can be summarised as: Keep the women’s policy and communicate it better to win government Invest in gender gap research in partnership with ELA and National Labor Women’s Network activists Ensure sex-disaggregated polling is shared with candidates to tailor the messaging Prioritise winning the women’s vote in all aspects of digital and other campaign material Increase the numbers of women in campaign decision-making and staffing Build a National Gender-Based Campaign Alliance Develop a strategic and operational plan to implement the policy platform Conduct all campaign reviews in accordance with the ALP's Affirmative Action commitments, including chairs and committee members Develop resource kits to assist all candidates to communicate reproductive freedom for women Meet with ELA to discuss recommendations of the 2019 Julia Gillard Next Generation Internship for increasing culturally diverse backgrounds of candidates and members. We thank the many of you who took the time to share your experiences, concerns and recommendations for future campaigns and will pursue the recommendations on your behalf at every opportunity. Read the Executive Summary of the Submission by clicking here. View our media release by clicking here.   - Tanja Kovac and Sharon Claydon National Co-Convenors EMILY's List Australia

Apply for the 2020 Julia Gillard Next Generation Internship

EMILY’s List Australia (ELA) is seeking applications for the 2020 Julia Gillard Next Generation Intern. Why an internship? Targeting the next generation of women In Julia Gillard’s last media conference as Prime Minister, she said “What I am confident of is that it will be easier for the next woman and the woman after that and the woman after that. And I’m proud of that.” The Julia Gillard Next Generation Internship (JGNGI) is an opportunity for young women to develop skills to become the next generation of progressive female MPs. An international political internship in the name of our first woman Prime Minister will provide emerging women leaders the opportunity to learn from progressive political parties and institutions beyond Australia’s borders and establish international friendships important for their political careers. Further, it will increase our knowledge of the types of support emerging women leaders need to become MPs, win elections and lead effectively. Interns will research the strategies and policies in place around the world to help get women elected. In 2015, EMILY’s List fought hard to change the ALP’s Affirmative Action quota rule. By 2025, 50% of ALP candidates must be women. Building on this advocacy, this intern will examine world’s best policies and practice in the ELA core areas of childcare, equal pay, diversity and choice, and how advocating for such issues empowers women and gets them elected. Our hope is that a future woman Prime Minister will be among the alumni of the Julia Gillard Next Generation Internship. Selection Criteria All applications for the internship will be assessed against the following criteria: Demonstrated knowledge of, or interest in, one or more of the ELA principles Previous leadership activities Experience in undertaking research with a degree of autonomy and self-direction Demonstrated ability to complete projects with a degree of autonomy and self-direction Willingness to publicly advocate for ELA principles and the importance of the role of women in leadership positions Eligibility In order to be eligible for the internship, the applicant must; Be a woman who is living in Australia and is either an Australian citizen or has Australian residency status; Be member of EMILY’s List Australia Be a member of the ALP Be aged between 21 and 30 years of age at 1 January of the year of the internship Not previously have been a recipient of the internship Application process To apply, please send your checklist, CV and cover letter addressing the selection criteria via email or post to: Dr Maree Overall CEO EMILY’s List Australia Level 2, 210 Lonsdale Street MELBOURNE VIC 3000   Email:   Subject Line:  JGNGI 2020 Application – (SURNAME)   Applications close midnight AEST Sunday 20 October 2019 See full terms and conditions in the application form:   Principal sponsor Major sponsor 

Diversity & Democracy: Julia Gillard Next Generation Intern Report

The 2019 Federal election failed to increase the cultural diversity of elected representatives’ and where diverse candidates, especially women, faced greater racism and abuse.  The latest Julia Gillard Next Generation Intern report by Stephanie Milione, A Truly Representative Democracy, explores the challenges and opportunities women candidates face and how both ELA and the Australian Labor Party can best support women in the future.   The report will be released today by Ms Gillard AC and is the result of second Julia Gillard Next Generation Internship.It demonstrates that we must improve our support First Nation women and women from CALD backgrounds if they are to be elected. This internship gives life to the shared vision of Ms Gillard and ELA to promote and make political life easier for the next generation of talented progressive women leaders. Stephanie interviewed Indigenous and CALD Labor women candidates, former and current MPs, about their experience on the campaign trail.  She also investigated the surge of women candidates in the 2018 midterm elections on a study tour of the USA visiting EMILY’s List USA, America Votes, Emerge America, the Center for American Women and Politics and the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University. Quote from Ms Julia Gillard “From my work at the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership, I know the evidence shows diverse teams perform better. That means there is much to be gained if our parliaments are truly representative of our communities. Congratulations to Stephanie on being this year’s intern and shining a light on the unique challenges facing women from diverse backgrounds and how we can best support them to get preselected, elected and have a fair opportunity to become a future Prime Minister.”  Quote from Ms Stephanie Milione, the 2019 Julia Gillard Next Generation Intern “The pipeline of talent needs to be fostered early and tandem quotas for diversity should be considered to give legitimacy to our system of representative democracy and arrest the decline in respect for our governments.” Quote from Ms Tanja Kovac, National Co-Convenor of EMILY’s List Australia “We take seriously our work to ensure women with intersecting attributes of difference and diversity win elections and will do all we can to implement the recommendations in this report. We thank the Australian Workers Union and Slater and Gordon Lawyers for their leadership in supporting the internship and sharing our vision.” Media Contact: Tanja Kovac, National Co-Convenor                    0419 910 577 /   Read the report here:'s_List_JGNGI_report_2019.pdf  

Bill to decriminalise abortion in NSW introduced

Today 15 MPs from Labor, Liberals, Greens, Animal Justice & Independents are introducing a bill to decriminalise abortion in NSW. We wish the best of luck to Penny Sharpe MLC, Trish Doyle MP, Jenny Aitchison MP & Jo Haylen & all of our EMILY's List MPs advocating for the right to choose. Stand by them in the fight for reproductive freedom, join EMILY's List.

SA and WA consultations on abortion law reform

South Australia The bill to decriminalise abortion in SA has been referred to the The South Australian Law Reform Institute (SALRI). SALRI have opened a process of consultation with the community about abortion law reform and are running an online survey. Read SALRI's Fact Sheets  to find out more Take the online survey Email a written submission to  The deadline for submissions is 31st May 2019. For support writing your own submission contact us. Western Australia McGowan Labor Government released a discussion paper to introduce 'safe access zones' around premises that provide abortion services in WA. The paper explores how a legislative framework might operate to ensure that patients can access health services that provide terminations without fear of protest, intimidation or harassment.  Public consultation has begun and all members of the public are welcome to lodge submissions by the 31st May 2019. The discussion paper, the online survey and more information surrounding the consultation process can be found over here. For support writing your own submission contact us.

Labor women deliver in a difficult election and should lead

Despite an unexpected defeat at the Federal Election on Saturday, the Australian Labor Party has continued its progress towards gender equality with 44 women elected to Federal Parliament, compared to only 26 women in the Coalition parties. As candidates recuperate after a hard fought election campaign, sights have now turned to who will lead the Labor Party. Continue reading

Bill’s heart in gender equality

If Bill Shorten is elected on the 18 May, he will for the first time in Australian history have equal numbers of men and women in the Labor caucus from which to select a gender equal cabinet. This will be a watershed moment for the Australian Labor Party and the nation. A twenty-five year project to lift the numbers of progressive women in parliament will reach its political zenith. Until Shorten’s powerfully emotional defence of his mother’s memory, most people have had little understanding of how important gender equality is to the Labor leader. But as a champion of affirmative action and equal opportunity for women in the Labor party I have seen Bill’s support for women up close and personal. Through our work together in the lead up to National Conference 2015 to lift the target for women candidates to 50%, I have seen the kind of leader Bill will be. Continue reading

#MyMum wants...

Tomorrow is Mother’s Day and before chocolates, flowers and foot spas it used to be a day of political action by mums. With less than a week until federal election day let’s get behind the #MyMum online campaign sparked by Bill Shorten’s heartfelt speech about his mum Ann and the many women-focused policies that the Labor team are taking to the election.  Continue reading