Women at work: Australia and the United States



5 October 2016


Macquarie Building, Sydney


Public forum

Hillary Clinton referred to her nomination for president as the “biggest crack in the glass ceiling" of the United States. But the average American woman in work still faces significant challenges in regards to pay, statutory protections, affordable childcare, and representation in corporate leadership.

At a time when the debate over whether and to what extent the US government should regulate work-family policy has never been more hotly contested, our new report compares the US experience with that of Australia for an in-depth insight into the working lives of women in both countries.

At the launch of the US Studies Centre's report Women at Work: Australia and the United States, author Dr Rae Cooper was joined by Sky News Presenter and former Premier of NSW Kristina Keneally to discuss the findings.

Women at Work: Australia and the United States


  • The Honourable Kristina Keneally
    The Honourable Kristina Keneally
    Former Premier of New South Wales

    The Honourable Kristina Keneally was the 42nd Premier of New South Wales (2009-2011) and the first woman to hold this office. She was a Member of the Parliament of New South Wales from 2003 to 2012. She was previously a member of the US Studies Centre's Board of Directors.

  • Professor Rae Cooper
    Professor Rae Cooper
    Associate Dean (Programs), University of Sydney Business School

    Professor Rae Cooper (PhD) is Associate Dean (Programs) at the University of Sydney Business School. Professor Cooper is Co-Director of the Women, Work and Leadership Research Group. She is Associate Editor of the Journal of Industrial Relations and is a leading researcher on the world of work and has a particular interest in gender and work, women’s careers and flexible employment. She recently authored a study of young women and the future of work.

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