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Long Weekend!

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Last week was one of the rare weeks of working 5 full days this term… and they were certainly full days! I’ve usually left work by around 4:30 on a Friday, but and 5:30 a few of us were just finishing up … with the feeling of “we need a drink” *sighs all around*.

I still have a massive to do list from last week to tackle when I’m back to it on Tuesday (Canberra Day monday!) and also some notes that didn’t quite get written. I think one extra factor in it being such a draining week was carrying a cold through it… and that I had dropin clinic, and a language group (5 year one boys with langauge needs? argh!!) without the other SP who was off sick all week.

So I’m going slow this weekend. I will get to the gym each day, and I do have other things I’d like to get done, but step by step :)

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Today is Internation Women’s Day… I know one group of gusy who are totally not in the spirit of things and will be seeing a stripper or two while out on a bucks night tonight ;) But, more seriously, I’m sitting here contemplating the issues around pay equality. Being in a female dominated workplace, wondering about the value of “Allied health” workers. I suppose we do wind up falling into that “nurturing/caring” category, like teachers and nurses, as we work with children and with adults with disabilities. Are we undervalued due it it being women’s caring work? Or is it just how it is? Honestly I have little idea on the issue and am just musing it over. I know we don’t have the numbers power of teachers and nurses – you know it when the teachers are striking, it affects peoples routines and so forth, but would the general public even hear about a strike of allied health providers? Yes, the clients who were cancelled on, but the rest?

Anyway.

:) I think it’s just a day to think about how far women’s rights have come, and to at least have in your mind that there may still actually be a ways to go.

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With that, I’m hungry. What should I have for Brunch? (so over cereal!)

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  1. By law women are offered jobs over men with similar qualifications. We are offered positions of study at university with lesser acedemic achievement. We are offered women only scholarships to take these places away from males who have achieved more. A woman pinches a man on the bum and it’s all in good fun. A man pinches a woman on the bum and he’s charged with assault. Girls can join scouts but don’t think about trying to go to half the gyms if you’re male, you’re not allowed in the door.
    If it wasn’t for the womens movement I wouldn’t be allowed to have a job, or a vote, or rights. But these days in this nation, I think it’s all a bit of overkill.
    Where’s the international mens day, where we encourage them to be teachers and nurses, where they are allowed to take on caring roles without copping attitude from society? Where’s their equal parental leave in order to look after their children? To give them equal oppertunity in a workplace whose laws govern that they come in second place. When will they be able to stand up for their rights in the workplace without being labelled a chauvinist for their opinions?
    Obviously I believe in women’s rights, I am one. But I also believe in equality. I’m going to have to copy this rant to my notes section now. :p

  2. I think the Catholic ed department wanted to offer scholarships for males to enter teaching and they weren’t allowed. Which is stupid as ‘they’ always talk about wanting more men in teaching positions, particularly in the primary schools.

    “We are offered positions of study at university with lesser acedemic achievement.”
    really? sorry I haven’t heard of that one. I lknow of, eg, engineering scholarships for women only etc, but didn’t know that they could lower the entrance requirements…

    Glad you have a rant to share :)

  3. I was told in a “Women in Engineering” seminar-ish thing in 2000, when we visited Newcastle uni that if we filled out the right form they would let us in to study an engineering degree even if our marks fell a bit short. I’m not sure if they still do it.

  4. Actually, in this seminar they asked us to talk about how we had been disadvantaged in our decisions to study maths/science based subjects, to which I replied “What?.. We’ve been celebrated for our choices to do these subjects.”

  5. What? I didn’t realise that was still happening. My brain likes maths-y stuff, if i’d put too many eggs into the “girl-subjects” at highschool then I wouldn’t have had the choice to study what I wanted. Of course I then chose a female dominated thing, which I found increddibly challenging and not a natural course for me. I would have been more comfortable doing sciency subjects but that didn’t lead to where I wanted to be. *shrugs*

    On parental leave, if both partners are “lucky” enough to be act public servants the man can take the leave if the woman doesn’t. Otherwise he’s entitled to a couple of weeks, which is a start

    but that’s like a lit of things though, conditions that appear in Labor states’ collective agreements are not legislated for for the private sector, so it’s just missed out on. Like “regular” paid maternity leave. It’s getting better where women are being allowed to take their entitled UNpaid leave and still have their old job to get back to afterwards, but there are still those who find themselves no longer required.

    But in the general case of taking carers leave to look after a sick child, it’s the double thing of she is expected to take it off, and his employer would expect the mother to take it off and thus it possibly sucking for both parties.

    children are the problem here ;)

    but at least we have the choice about them now, hey?

    *blathers on* :)

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