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25 Nov 202112.30pm- 1.30pm

Babies, Bosses and the 9-5

The Working Women's Centre invites you to join this lunchtime webinar to learn from Professor Rae Cooper and Associate Professor Elizabeth Hill, two pre-eminent experts in the world of women, family, and work, to discuss how public policy and legislation effects women, work, and families.

In the first 12 years of their child’s life, most women’s careers, finances and ability to participate in the workplace is seriously undermined by the rolling inequities in law and public policy about parenting and family. 


The Working Women’s Centre SA invites Professor Rae Cooper and Associate Professor Elizabeth Hill, two pre-eminent experts in the world of women, family, and work, to discuss how public policy and legislation effects women, work, and families.  

We will discuss the big-ticket public policies that rule the first 12 years of parenting: 

  • Parental leave; 
  • Childcare; and 
  • Flexible working arrangements 

We are going to examine these public policies and laws and ask the following questions: 

  • Why do women end up with the biggest share of parenting responsibilities in most families?  
  • Why is childcare so hard to access? Why is it so expensive?  
  • Why are women still made to feel like they must choose between having a career and having kids? 
  • Why is it that it’s mostly women taking parental leave? What rights do we have and how can we improve the system?  
  • What is holding us back from universal access to parental leave? How do we ask men to share the leave and parenting responsibilities?  


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We acknowledge that this event will be streamed on Kaurna land and we pay our respect to the traditional custodians of the land, past and present. Sovereignty was never ceded.

Associate Professor Elizabeth Hill, The University of Sydney


Associate Professor Elizabeth Hill 

Elizabeth Hill is Associate Professor in political economy at The University of Sydney. Elizabeth is the Deputy Director of the new Gender Equality in Working Life Research Initiative at The University of Sydney and co-convenor of the Australian Work and Family Policy Roundtable. As a leading researcher on the future of women, work and care in Australia and the Asian region, she has collaborated on research into gender equality, work and care with leading national and international institutions, including the International Labour Organisation and UN Women. Elizabeth has served as a non-executive director on a number of non-profit Boards and is an experienced media commentator and advisor to government, unions, and business. 

Her university webpage is 


Professor Rae Cooper The University of Sydney Business School

 Professor Rae Cooper, AO 

Rae is Professor of Gender, Work and Employment Relations at the University of Sydney Business School.  She is Director of the newly formed University of Sydney Gender Equality in Working Life Research Initiative and is co-Director of the Women, Work and Leadership Research Group. Rae is President Elect of ILERA, is a past President and Executive member of AIRAANZ and is currently an editor of the Journal of Industrial Relations. Rae has published over 60 articles and chapters on industrial relations policy and legislation, trade unionism and collective bargaining, and women’s working lives. Her work has been funded by the Australian Research Council, state and federal government agencies, businesses and unions. Rae is known for her collaboration with labour market stakeholders having collaborated on research projects with key organisations including the AICD, ACTU, NSW Law Society, and the SDA.  Rae has significant experience as a member of government and community sector boards and committees and has previously been a Director of the NSW TAFE Commission Board, Chair of the Board of Directors of Hearing Australia, Chair of the NSW Premier’s Expert Advisory Council on Women, and Chair of the NSW Working Women’s Centre.  Rae was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2019 in recognition of her contributions to Australian higher education and workplace policy and practice.   

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