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The only woman at the table

Union boss Sally McManus calls for an end to Australia’s gender imbalance

By Jordaine Chattaway

Leadership

Union boss Sally McManus calls for an end to Australia’s gender imbalance

By Jordaine Chattaway

UNION boss Sally McManus says she’s still often the only woman at the table when debating issues of national importance and no-one else seems to notice. The first female head of the Australian Council of Trade Unions in 90 years said even though women are being the hardest hit by Covid-19, and make-up half the population virtually all the decisions about their welfare are still being made by men. 

“I can’t tell you how many meetings I’ve been in on over the last three months where sometimes I’ve been the only woman,” she said. “It’s very annoying when you’re the only woman in the room and you’re the one who points it out!” 

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