What does the future look like for women? If the new wave of feminism and the growing global conversation around equality is any indication, it’s optimistic.
The #Metoo global dialogue has blown apart the broader conversation around gender expectations – many that have been internalised for generations.
It’s left the gates wide open for a reimagining of what the future holds. Yet, we’re at a crucial point in time. Action is needed to convert growing conversations and micro movements into lasting, institutional change.
The pay gap is at 15-16 per cent. The average wage of an Australian woman peaks at 31. For men, their peak is a decade later. And 40 per cent of single, retired women over 65 live below the poverty line. We know we have work to do and the time is right to do it.
We’re on the threshold of a new era of feminism, made distinct by its diverse voices and lived experiences. Women (and men) all over the world are speaking up and mobilising for change.
Ahead of our launch, Future Women brought together a group of women who represent these diverse voices. They’re students, working mothers, entrepreneurs, change makers, industry leaders and up-and-comers. These founding members represent the voices we hope to attract in our growing community.
Their visions for the future of women share a common thread. It’s not one of self-interest, it’s collective and inclusive and requires all of us to drive it forward.