Welcome to 2015. I’d like to introduce myself, Anna Uren, as the new Women’s Coordinator for the NSW Teachers Federation. I was elected on 14 February, and I’m looking forward to some exciting prospects for the women’s program.
I am a high school teacher with a background in both HSIE (History) and Languages (French). I have taught in face to
face and distance education schools around Sydney. I have also worked in the State Office of the Department, in the Centre for Learning Innovation, and the Curriculum Directorate – both sadly, since then, the victim of government cuts.
I have long been passionate about gender equality, and I hope to use that passion in this role to help support members across the state continue breaking down gender barriers.
With Rosie Batty being named Australian of the Year for 2015, the issue of domestic and family violence has never been more in the public arena. This creates some real opportunities for improvements in workplace and social policy designed to support women and gender equality.
On 16 February, the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) released data confirming what we have all long understood to be true, that women in management positions are paid less than their male counterparts.