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Dating and making friends involves the same kind of imbalance.All dating sites are geared around ‘getting a root’ rather than finding a relationship and men here are certainly not shy about telling you that the role of women is to be seen and not heard.It's not just sexism in politics – it happens everywhere.Random (male) strangers have come up to me in IKEA and informed me that I’ll ‘need a good man’ to put the furniture I was buying together for me.Julia Gillard, Australia’s former prime minister, was treated abysmally while in office.
I’ve witnessed that kind of thing here in Australia as many times as I saw a covered face over there.
Here, women make up less than 10 per cent of directors in the Top 500 companies and are paid, on average, 17.5 per cent less than men.
By comparison, in Britain, women make up 19 per cent of FTSE 100 directors and, while there’s still a pay gap, it’s smaller than Australia’s at 15 per cent.
Currently, under Tony Abbott, Australia has one female cabinet minister – one.
That’s two less women than the British and Afghan cabinets, respectively.