Congratulations to Justice Susan Kiefel on being named a Companion of the Order of Australia in the recent Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
However, as a number of commentators have noted, women account for only 34% of the Queen’s Birthday awards, and most of them are at the lower levels. This trend is subject to Eva Cox’s usual insightful analysis at Crikey here:
Is it that women do not deserve at least the same levels of recognition as men for the contributions we make, or is it that what we do is still undervalued by us and others?
So she wonders whether the awards reflect the general under valuation of women’s work. I am sure we can all only smile knowingly at Eva’s prediction that women may ‘do most of the grunt work in nominations’. She also wonders if ‘Maybe more men have female assistants that can help put the documentation together….’
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