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The gender pay gap

The gender pay gap

A study released earlier this month by Curtin University researchers and the Workplace Gender Equality Agency found an average top-tier female manager earns $100,000 less a year than her male counterpart, with the gender pay gap widening the higher women climb. It also found women in casual work can expect to earn a full-time equivalent salary of $5666 a year less than men.

If women aren’t earning what they should, being promoted as they should, or taking senior roles in their field, we may be partly to blame. Women in Media invites you to learn specific tricks of the trade from women who’ve learned and applied them.

On Wednesday March 30, 6pm until 9 (discussion starts at 7pm) come and hear women’s leadership expert Dr Linley Lord, from Curtin University; Jo McManus, ECU broadcaster and respected media lecturer; and Belle Taylor, the Sunday Times magazine’s youngest new editor.

Join us for essential wisdom, fine wine and delicious food – and it’s tax deductible.

The discussion will be led by Syan Dougherty, a reporter for Channel 7’s Today Tonight program. Syan joined the program after a producing role with 720 ABC Perth and reporting for GWN7 news in Albany. Her role with Today Tonight has seen her travel the state, reporting on a wide range of topics from land rights, to killer whales, to My Kitchen Rules. Syan also presents bi-annual journalism lectures to Curtin University’s first year journalism students and is a passionate committee member of Women in Media.

Joining Syan on the panel are:

Dr Linley Lord, an Associate Professor and the Chair of Academic Board at Curtin University. She is also the Academic Director for the Curtin Leadership Centre and the Director of the Maureen Bickley Centre for Women in Leadership (MBC) at Curtin’s Graduate School of Business. The MBC was established in March 2008 within the Curtin Graduate School of Business to promote and enable the increased representation of women in leadership roles. Linley’s current research interests include new models of leadership, student leadership, women in non-traditional areas of employment, women’s experience in leadership roles, and women on boards (corporate and university boards). Linley has presented her research at key international conferences in Europe, the UK and the US. Prior to her academic career, Linley gained considerable experience as a change agent through appointments to the Equal Employment Opportunity focusing on Local Government (WA). She was the first Equal Opportunity Coordinator for the West Australian Fire Brigades Board, and was the national Equal Opportunity Manager for the Reserve Bank of Australia.

Jo McManus, who has 30 years media experience as a journalist, producer and presenter in print, television and radio. She has worked for daily and weekly newspapers in Sydney and Perth, and for commercial and ABC radio and television. Jo is now the course coordinator of ECU’s very successful Graduate Diploma of Broadcasting, and still broadcasts on radio 6PR every week. The lead guitarist of the Beatles, George Harrison, once called her a name most women find extremely offensive (but that’s a story for another time).

Belle Taylor , who started her career in journalism with a cadetship at The Albany Advertiser in 2006. She moved to The West Australian in 2007, where she worked as a feature writer on West Weekend magazine and a reporter in the legal affairs team. In mid-2012 she relocated to Beijing to take up a role with the China Daily, China’s leading English-language newspaper. She spent three years at China Daily, which included a six month secondment as chief sub-editor on Shanghai Star – a China Daily weekly lift out. She has a degree in media and information from, Curtin University and completed a prestigious internship at CNN’s New York bureau as part of her studies. Belle moved back to Perth in 2016 to take on the role of editor at STM, the weekly glossy distributed with The Sunday Times. She speaks shaky Mandarin, barracks for the Dockers and performs stand up comedy.