There’s a saying out there, that if you’re female, you have to work twice as hard as a man, and that you have to be perfect, just to be able to receive the same level of recognition as our male peers. Recent events highlighted in the media have proven that true, but wonderfully, something else is happening – something that has been a long time coming.
Conversations are being sparked by women brave enough to say “no more”. Predators like Harvey Weinstein, Don Burke and Craig McLachlan, are no longer able to hide behind the systems that give them their power and enable their crimes. High profile women in media and entertainment like Michelle Williams and Lisa Wilkinson have become poster women and the gender pay gap.
Victims always find that they themselves bear the burden of proof, that the onus is on them to prove inequality and injustice, even though they are being beat down and intimidated. And so much of it is unprovable, having happened in private or within an environment where the behaviour is systematic. Then after counting the huge personal cost, many choose to not fight it and to move on.
Even though so many things cannot be quantified, there is still plenty of data for the things that can.
So what else does the available data tell us?
I’ve created the following three visualisations based off available ABS Census in 2016 data:\