Gender Equality Network - Social attitudes to gender

27 Mar 2019


At this Gender Equality Network event, we explored social attitudes to gender in Australia.

The From Girls to Men report by the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation examines the attitudes of boys, girls, men and women to equality.

The results provide fascinating insights into gender equality in Australia today but also uncover some worrying trends.

While Australians are united in their view that gender equality is still an issue, many men – and millennial men in particular – feel left out and excluded from measures to improve gender equality. At the same time, many women are still being held back by traditional beliefs, with social norms continuing to push women into traditional roles.

At DCA’s Gender Equality Network, Virginia Haussegger AM –Director of the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation and BroadAgenda's Chief Editor at the University of Canberra’s Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis (IGPA) presented the findings of the report and explored why these attitudes exist and what policy interventions could engage more men in the gender equality movement.

DCA’s CEO, Lisa Annese, continued the discussion about the findings and their implications for the workplace with a guest panel including:

  • Hunter Johnson, CEO & Founder, The Man Cave
  • Trish Bergin, Head, Office for Women, Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet
  • Jenna Price, Columnist for the Sydney Morning Herald and the Canberra Times, academic at UTS, and
  • Dr Pia Rowe, Research Associate and Co-Editor, BroadAgenda.


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