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Women's journal of the National Tertiary Education Union (Australia). Vol. 18.

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  • As we come marching, marching in the beauty of the day

    A million darkened kitchens, a thousand mill lofts gray,

    Are touched with all the radiance that a sudden sun discloses,

    For the people hear us singing: Bread and roses! Bread and roses!

    As we come marching, marching we battle too for men,

    For they are womens children, and we mother them again.

    Our lives shall not be sweetened from birth until life closes;

    Hearts starve as well as bodies; give us bread, but give us roses!

    As we come marching, marching, unnumbered women dead

    Go crying through our singing their ancient cry for bread.

    Small art and love and beauty their drudging spirits knew

    Yes it is bread we fight for but we fight for roses too.

    As we come marching, marching we bring the greater days

    The rising of the women means the rising of the race.

    No more the drudge and idler - ten that toil where one reposes,

    But a sharing of lifes glories: Bread and roses! Bread and roses!

    As we come marching, marching in the beauty of the day

    A million darkened kitchens, a thousand mill lofts gray,

    Are touched with all the radiance that a sudden sun discloses,

    For the people hear us singing: Bread and roses! Bread and roses!

    Gender pay equity Science & women in the spotlightNew NTEU President Aboriginal women in the Academy Women in Power

    Fashioning our Future2010 NTEU Womens Conference

    frontline

    Volume 18 September 2010 ISSN 13222945

    National Womens Journal NTEU

  • www.nteu.org.au/women

    National President (to 9/10)Carolyn Allportb (03) 9254 1910 callport@nteu.org.au

    National President (from 10/10)Jeannie Reab (03) 9254 1910 jrea@nteu.org.au

    Womens Action Committee (WAC) The NTEU Womens Action Committee (WAC) and the annual Womens Conference develop the Unions work concerning women and their professional and employment rights.

    The WAC meets twice a year. Its roles includes: Act as a representative of women members, at the National level. To identify, develop and respond to matters affecting women. To advise on recruitment policy and resources directed at women. To advise on strategies and structures to encourage, support and facilitate the active participation of women

    members at all levels of the NTEU. To recommend action, and advise on issues affecting women. To inform members on industrial issues and policies that impact on women. To make recommendations and provide advice to the National Executive, National Council, and Division

    Executive and Council on industrial, social and political issues affecting women. Monitor and review the effectiveness of issues, policies and structures affecting women.

    WAC is composed of one academic and one professional/general staff representative from each Division, plus one Indigenous member.

    WA WAC DelegatesA Kathryn Sauerb (08) 9266 7123 ksauer@health.curtin.edu.au

    P Kathryn Clarkeb (08) 6304 2109 kathryn.clarke@ecu.edu.au

    NTEU WA Division97 Broadway, Nedlands WA 6009b (08) 6365 4188 (08) 9354 1629 wa@nteu.org.au

    NSW WAC DelegatesA Helen Masterman-Smithb (02) 6051 6990 hmasterman-smith@csu.edu.au

    P Margaret Kirkbyb (02) 9351 6561 margaret.kirkby@supra.usyd.edu.au

    QLD WAC DelegatesA Donna Weeksb (07) 5459 4603 dweeks@usc.edu.au

    P Carolyn Copeb (07) 3138 3235 c.cope@qut.edu.au

    NTEU QLD Division4 Briggs St, TARINGA, QLD 4068 b (07) 3362 8200 (07) 3371 7817 qld@nteu.org.au

    ACT WAC DelegatesA Sara Beavisb (02) 6125 8138 sara.beavis@anu.edu.au

    P Fran Blackbournb (02) 6125 5046 fran.blackbourn@anu.edu.au

    NTEU ACT DivisionG Block, Old Administration Area, ACTON, ACT 0200b (02) 6125 2043 (02) 6125 8137 act@nteu.org.au

    NT WAC DelegatesA Tina Jonesb (08) 8946 6521 tina.jones@cdu.edu.au

    P Lisa-Marie Stonesb (08) 8946 6252 lisa-marie.stones@cdu.edu.au

    NTEU NT DivisionPO Box U371, Charles Darwin University, DARWIN, NT 0815b (08) 8946 7231 (08) 8927 9410 nt@nteu.org.au

    SA WAC DelegatesA Sue Knightb (08) 8302 4550 sue.knight@unisa.edu.au

    P Jess Croninb (08) 8340 8669 jessica.cronin@adelaide.edu.au

    NTEU SA DivisionBox 100, Palais Apts, 281 North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000b (08) 8227 2384 (08) 8227 0997 sa@nteu.org.au

    VIC WAC DelegatesA Virginia Mansel Leesb (02) 6024 9807 v.mansellees@latrobe.edu.au

    P Anne Princeb (03) 9905 1108 anne.prince@education.monash.edu.au

    TAS WAC DelegatesA Paula Johnson b (03) 6226 2551 Paula.Johnson@utas.edu.au

    P Nell Rundleb (03) 6226 2551 nell.rundle@utas.edu.au

    Indigenous RepresentativeAlma Mirb (08) 8939 7333 alma.mir@batchelor.edu.au

    National Office1st Floor, 120 Clarendon St, SOUTHBANK, VIC 3006

    PO Box 1323, SOUTH MELBOURNE, VIC, 3205

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    national@nteu.org.au www.nteu.org.au

    NTEU VIC DivisionLevel 1,120 Clarendon St,SOUTHBANK, VIC 3006b (03) 9254 1930 (03) 9254 1935 office@vic.nteu.org.au

    A ACADEMIC STAFF MEMBERP PROFESSIONAL/GENERAL STAFF MEMBER

    b PHONE FAX EMAIL

    NTEU TAS DivisionPrivate Bag 101,University of Tasmania,HOBART, TAS 7001b (03) 6226 7575 (03) 6226 2172 tas@nteu.org.au

    NTEU NSW DivisionLevel 1, 55 Holt St,SURRY HILLS, NSW 2010b (02) 9212 5433 (02) 9212 4090 nsw@nteu.org.au

  • Editorial 2NTEU National President Carolyn Allport.

    Despitevictories,vigilanceandpersistenceareneeded 3Introducing incoming NTEU National Presi-dent, Jeannie Rea.

    NEWS

    EqualPayDayinCanberra 4

    Governmentreviews 4

    FarewelldinnerforCarolyn 5

    WOMENSCONFERENCE

    FashioningOurFuture 62010 NTEU Womens Conference.

    AFeministWarriorinspiresengagementinsocialissues 8A summary of Sharan Burrows talk by Fran Blackbourn.

    Addressinggenderandpayinequityinouruniversities 9A summary of Glenda Strachans presenta-tion by Tina Jones.

    Puttingscienceandwomeninthepoliticalspotlight 10A summary of Anna-Maria Arabias talk by Sara Beavis.

    Analysingthepayequitygap 12A summary of Philippa Halls presentation by Margaret Kirkby.

    EmployerofChoiceforWomenAwards:Cantheyadvancetheagendaforwomen? 13A summary of Shannon Kerrigans talk by Nell Rundle.

    INDIGENOUSWOMEN

    AboriginalwomenandleadershipintheAcademy 14Frances Wyld on fighting for equity and leadership within universities.

    EMPLOYMENT

    Genderissuesinacademia 16Terri MacDonald analyses the recent international report on Gender Issues in Employment and Working Conditions of Academic Staff.

    GENDERPAYEQUITY

    Addressingthepaydivide 18Womens right to equal pay has not translated into a fair outcome: in 2009-10, Australian women earn 18% less than men.

    POLITICS

    Onestepforward,twostepsback 20We may have our first elected female Prime Minister, but there is still a long way to go before we have any measure of equity in Federal Parliament.

    WomeninParliamentabriefher-story 21From Vida to Julia, via Edith, Enid, Margaret and Carmen.

    INTERNATIONAL

    Newsfromaroundtheglobe 22Women in higher education, from Univer-sity World News.

    SummerinCambodia 24NTEU Member, Sue Clements, travelled with Teachers Across Borders to Battam-bang in Cambodia.

    frontline is published once a year by National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU), PO Box 1323, Sth Melbourne, VIC 3205 Australia. ISSN 13222945, ABN 38 579 396 344Ph: 03 9254 1910 Fax: 03 9254 1915 Email: national@nteu.org.auEditor: Carolyn Allport Production & Design: Paul Clifton Editorial Assistance: Anastasia Kotaidis All text and images 2010 unless otherwise noted.Current and previous issues available online at: www.nteu.org.au/frontline

    Cover photo by Terri MacDonald.NTEU National President Carolyn Allport, ICTU General Secretary Sharan Burrow and incoming NTEU National

    President Jeannie Rea at the 2010 Womens Conference.

    In accordance with NTEU policy to reduce our impact on the natural environment, this magazine is printed on Behaviour a 30% recycled stock, manufactured by a PEFC Certified mill, which is ECF Certified Chlorine Free.

    National Womens Journal NTEU

    frontlineVolume 18, September 2010

  • CarolynAllport,NTEUNationalPresident

    I have been honoured to have held the position of the President of the NTEU over the last 16 years, representing our members, working with our parliamentarians and friends and colleagues from across the sector. I have also been proud to stand as a committed trade unionist, believing that workers rights are fundamentally human rights, and that compassion, understanding and strong belief in the importance of social justice are the hallmarks of effective progress on issues that matter to working people.

    I have worked in academia since 1974, and I have never lost my passion for the art of academia including the fundamental importance of high quality teaching and research.

    University staff have a responsibility to undertake their work in the public interest and for the public good. At various times over the years, we have fought battles against governments of many political persuasions on behalf of our members. There have been difficult times. However, I retain a fondness for two important areas of my work, the first of which is increasing womens par-ticipation in the Union and encouraging them to take up union positions, including leadership.

    The labour movement continues to wear its masculinity, even though women dominate the higher education sector. The Wom-ens Action Committee (WAC) has sustained our commitment to further encourage women members to be active across all areas, including social justice and their activity has given strength to our Union. Many women are taking leading positions within our organisation and I am proud of the work done by all women that h