Jeannie Rea. University women across Australia are donning blue stockings and putting their best foot (and leg) forward for Bluestocking Week, 12-16 August.
NTEU National President, Jeannie Rea, who launched Bluestocking Week in Melbourne today, said that the theme this year was ‘holding the line’.
“2013 has been a tumultuous period for gender politics. This makes this year’s Bluestocking Week an even more critical moment for women working in higher education. The necessity to resist to sexism in public life has perhaps never been so pronounced,” she said.
“Underpinning this is the persistent gender pay gap. Men out-earn women in every occupational group in Australia, even in those jobs dominated by women. Gender inequity is still a major issue in university employment, even while more women than men study and work at universities.”
Today’s launch had women literally ‘holding the line’ – a clothes line with large cardboard blue stockings displaying facts about women’s pay inequity. Read more...