Queen Victoria Women’s Centre Panel Series – The Hidden Pay Gap: Why Invisible Work Makes Women Poorer

Date(s) - 09 March 2017
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Queen Victoria Women’s Centre Panel Series – 

The Hidden Pay Gap: Why Invisible Work Makes Women Poorer

Why is it an entrenched social expectation that women be the unpaid carers in the family and community? How does the fact that women are more likely to attend to domestic duties after a full day of work (so-called ‘second shifts’) affect their economic empowerment? What is Emotional Labour and how does it contribute to a lack of financial independence for women?

Join moderator Deirdre Fidge and panellists Celeste Liddle, Julie Kun, Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen, and Eva Birch as they discuss the ways in which structural gender discrimination and cultural biases in the workplace and at home contribute to financial exclusion at every stage of a woman’s life.

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Deirdre Fidge 

Deidre Fidge

Deirdre Fidge is a comedy writer and social worker who regularly contributes popular satirical pieces for SBS Comedy, ABC News and Fairfax. A strong advocate for feminism, LGBTQA issues and mental health, Dee’s writing has also appeared in Archer, the Star Observer and Junkee. She wishes every day was International Women’s Day.


Celeste Liddle

Celeste Liddle

Celeste Liddle is an Arrernte woman, an opinion writer, a trade unionist and public speaker. Currently serving as the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Organiser of the National Tertiary Education Union, Celeste started her blog Rantings of an Aboriginal Feminist in June 2012. A mere six weeks after she started it, Celeste had a piece picked up for publication by Daily Life and since then has written for a number of publications. Along with Daily Life (Fairfax), Celeste’s work has been seen in The Guardian, New Matilda, Tracker Magazine and others, and she has contributed chapters to anthologies such as Pan Macmillan’s Mothers and Others.


Julie Kun

Julie Kun

Julie Kun is a proud feminist and CEO of WIRE Women’s information – a Victorian state-wide organisation with a vision of creating a society in which women are safe, respected, valued and empowered to make genuine choices in their lives. WIRE is the only Victorian state-wide service that provides any woman with support and information on any issue.

As a social worker and social justice campaigner Julie has worked across many community services areas including women, aged care, disability, CALD and Aboriginal services. Julie’s written work includes ‘Employment services- not just a job’ and two family and workplace best practice manuals. Whilst working at the Australian Services Union Julie led the ASU’s successful and ground breaking campaign to have a family violence leave clause included in an industrial agreement – the first such clause to form a part of an industrial agreement in the world. Just 5 years on nearly two million Australian workers are covered by this clause. Julie also worked as an Industrial organiser on the ASU’s Gender pay equity campaign for community sector workers.


Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen 

Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen

Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen is a Vietnamese-Australian writer based in Melbourne. She writes a regular column for Daily Life and has had her writing featured in publications including Rookie, Frankie, The Lifted Brow and i-D.

Eva Birch 

Eva Birch

Eva Birch is a writer and PhD student. She is currently completing her thesis, on sacrifice in the work of Luce Irigaray, at the University of Melbourne. Eva has participated in panels at MPavilion and Liquid Architecture and written for publications including un. Magazine, Dissect Journal, and Cordite Poetry Review.