There are many things that Elizabeth Broderick has achieved in her role as Sex Discrimination Commissioner. One of her main aims has been to change attitudes in the workplace towards women who have responsibilities at home as carers – whether it’s for their elderly parents or young children.
“Work needs to fit around life and around our caring responsibilities because caring is the most important work we do every day. It’s the ultimate expression of our humanity…it’s what keeps society healthy,” Elizabeth said.
In this interview she discusses how many women are being prevented from contributing their ideas and skills to the workforce due to their commitments at home. She says there are many more changes that could be made, including flexible working hours, to ensure a vibrant and healthy workforce where women are able to participate without their families having to pay the price.
“We can’t afford to have 50 per cent of the creativity, the talent and the wisdom in this country sitting on the sidelines purely on the basis of gender. That won’t make us a great country,” she said.