We have all benefited from the lives of women

International Women's Day

I think we should all reflect on the women we have in our lives that make us all better

As a son, a husband and a father of girls, I am grateful for the women in my life.

A mother, who brought me into this world and raised me.

A beautiful wife of 25 years, who is my encourager, friend and confidant.

And two beautiful daughters, who are my joy and delight.

On International Women’s Day, I think we should all reflect on the women we have in our lives that make us all better.

The battle for women’s rights has come a long way in the last century. From winning the right to vote in NSW in 1902, and to stand in Parliament in 1918, to re-entering the workforce in record numbers.

But we still have a long way to go to achieve equality for women in NSW according to the 2018 Annual Report by Women in NSW.

  • 1 in 4 seats in NSW Parliament are held by women.
  • At the age of 55 years or over, women have significantly lower superannuation balance than men.
  • Of those working full time, women earned $241.90 less a week than men.
  • Women make up the majority of domestic and family violence victims in NSW.
  • And were hospitalised 5.7 times more than men due to violence by a spouse or partner.

We need more shelters for women and their families, to find a safe place when facing abuse and violence. We need more affordable housing to help women transition and rebuild to a secure and independent life.

We have all benefited from the lives of women, and it is a worthy cause to ensure that the majority of our population get the equality they deserve.