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Yes, Parental Burnout is a thing
Parental Burnout was a thing long before the Pandemic hit, but it's now one serious problem. Kristine Ziwica has just published an extensive investigation into the issue for Women's Agenda, examining how it's a distinct psychological phenomenon and why it's an issue we all need to be aware of and thinking about, long after life returns to some kind of normal. We also talk solutions, like lowering the bar! And stepping away from the craft. You can read Kristine's piece on parental burnout here. Also mentioned in this episode is a 2017 piece on "mother shaming" and the fish finger salute one mother created You can also check out our second podcast, The Leadership Lessons, hosted by Kate Mills: conversations with female leaders on the critical decade ahead. The Women's Agenda Podcast is produced by Agenda Media, a 100% female owned and run media business. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Sep 12, 2020
How to hack happiness
On Penny Locaso's agenda is hacking happiness, and the conversation couldn't be more timely. Penny has just penned a book on the issue that she is promoting from lockdown in Victoria. She calls herself the world's first 'happiness hacker' and is on a mission to teach millions of people how to 'future proof happiness.' Her methods are simple and accessible. Penny is always learning, and shares some key tips she's added to her list of happiness hacks in just the last couple of weeks, and more on the power of developing a simple happiness practice during uncertain times like those we're currently living through now. We first came across Penny back in 2014 when she penned an article for Women's Agenda on why she wore nothing but a swimsuit while delivering a keynote session. You can read that piece here. Penny is a former corporate executive turned speaker, author and educator. Raised in the country, she moved to the city to pursue her idea of 'success' which, she says, worked great until the age of 39, when she found herself yearning for something more. Within a seven month period she left that career, left a relationship of 16 years and moved her family across the country. From there, she set out on a mission to determine why so many of us stay 'unhappy' in our pursuit of success. She has since formed HackingHappy.Co. Her book is Hacking Happiness: How to Intentionally Adapt and Shape the Future You Want and is available here. The Women's Agenda Podcast is an Agenda Media production co hosted by Angela Priestley and Shivani Gopal. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jul 5, 2020
An opportunity now to reimagine everything
Senator Mehreen Faruqi on how rebuilding can be a feminist and anti racist process.A few weeks ago spent some time on the phone with Senator Mehreen Faruqi.We cross a huge number of topics in this conversation including Senator Faruqi’s rise into the male-dominated world of engineering and politics. As well as how she worked with a team at the University of NSW to create a childcare centre that ultimately enabled her to do so much her career and tap into a vital network,We also discuss racism in climate justice and just what kind of world could be built post the pandemic, as this period is, “an opportunity to reimagine everything. Rebuilding should be a feminist and anti racist process.”Senator Faruqi was appointed to NSW Parliament’s upper house in 2013, becoming the first muslim woman to sit in an Australian parliament. She later became the First Muslim Woman in the Australian Senate in August 2018 – and the 100th woman in the Upper House in 75 years.This conversation was recorded on the 9th June 2020 and we’ve had a few delays in uploading some of our recent podcasts. While a few things have moved on politically, the conversation remains as relevant and timely as ever. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jun 28, 2020
A flexible working future? We'll see
Will 2020 mark the real shift needed to make flexible working the norm?Not necessarily. But things are changing.This episode features a conversation with employment lawyer Fay Calderone, who is a partner at Hall & Wilcox in Sydney.She's worked flexibly for over a decade and has long been a passionate advocate for enabling more employees to work how they need -- and ultimately then create more inclusive work environments for everyone.This episode was recorded in June 2020.(Apologies some audio disruptions!) Remember, pretty much everything we discuss on this podcast has been written about in some way over on Women's Agenda. You can subscribe to our daily update at www.womensagenda.com.au/subscribe See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 29, 2020
A war survivor turned lawyer on writing it down
Leila Chalk fled war-torn Bosnia as a child. Now the lawyer, business owner and mother opens up on techniques to help cope with the collective trauma and sense of loss many are feeling during the Pandemic, and as we transition into a 'new normal'.She shares how she personally caught up on missed schooling to later obtain a law degree and open her own law firm.And why she's just published an ‘isolation journal’ to help others navigate this period and beyond.She joins Angela Priestley for this discussion on her incredible back story, how she moved past the lost years of school, journaling, why parents are living through a 'fifth trimester' right now, and more.(Apologies, some audio disruptions!)More on Leila below:Leila's experience as a refugee and asylum seeker started when she entered Croatia in the summer of 1994. After spending fifteen months in a processing camp in Croatia, and her family were able to obtain visas to Australia, bringing home a young expatriate child who spoke no English. Leila is now the principal solicitor at law firm Forty Four Degrees, an author, public speaker and an obsessed baker. A self-confessed “meddler”, Leila is passionate about nurturing individuals who are on the verge of achieving their dream, via the work she does as a business strategist through her law firm. Her recent work with The Modmarkit saw over 4000 people involved in empowerment activities for women.She's just published Australia's first 'Isolation Journal'. Her website is leilachalk.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 21, 2020
The childcare crisis
Is a disaster for childcare looming that will see kids pulled from care and more women out of work? Childcare has been provided free to those who need it during the Pandemic. But the Federal Government is looking at pulling the additional funding earlier than expected to 'snap back' to what we had before.Georgie Dent tells Angela Priestley why that would be a disaster for the sector, for children, and for working parents.Georgie is a contributing editor on Women's Agenda and on the board of The Parenthood, an advocacy group for working parents. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Apr 30, 2020
Women on the Glass Cliff
We return to the 'glass cliff' theory, and question its place in the age of the pandemic.Are women elevated to top roles when the task is particularly tough?Shivani Gopal, Angela Priestley and Georgie Dent also touch on a wide number of issues affecting women this week, including the everyday sexism and harassment that's still going on in the media.Stories we refer to include: ‘The game is bigger than one individual’: Raelene Castle quits as Rugby Australia CEOhttps://womensagenda.com.au/latest/the-game-is-bigger-than-one-individual-raelene-castle-quits-as-rugby-australia-ceo/COVID19 is nearly 10 times more deadly in Sweden than other Nordic countrieshttps://womensagenda.com.au/latest/covid19-is-nearly-10-times-more-deadly-in-sweden-than-other-nordic-countries/Leigh Sales highlights sexualised social media abuse women in public eye facehttps://womensagenda.com.au/latest/leigh-sales-highlights-sexualised-social-media-abuse/‘Optimism is the determination to win this challenge. There is no other option’: Global climate negotiator Christiana Figuereshttps://womensagenda.com.au/latest/optimism-is-the-determination-to-win-this-challenge-there-is-no-other-option-global-climate-negotiator-christiana-figueres/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Apr 20, 2020
How women’s leadership is winning on COVID-19
This week we’re talking about how women are leading on COVID-19, the need to ensure every country’s recovery response considers women and girls, and why this work from home thing shouldn't be an experiment in productivity.Just 8 per cent of UN recognised countries are led by women, but new stats show that almost half of the countries doing better on coronavirus are led by women.So why is women’s leadership so different and so important right now? Angela Priestley discusses the issue with Shivani Gopal and Georgie Dent.The team also discuss why every country’s recovery response must intentionally consider women and girls, in order to ensure we maintain some level of progress on gender equality.And finally, are you working from home? Got kids in the background? How's it going? Workplaces have made a huge shift in enabling employees to work from home and we're quickly adapting. But is this the great experiment in productivity we need to prove it's possible? We're not so sure, but have differing views on the matter,. Listen here and subscribe at your favourite podcast app. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Apr 4, 2020
The little disappointments, and how do you actually work at home with kids & others around?
We talk the little disappointments of self isolation and physical distancing – and why it helps to acknowledge them, no matter how frivolous they feel at this current time.Meanwhile, how do you actually work from home with kids, a flatmate, partner and others in the house?We also share more on the growing number of google searches regarding domestic violence help services, along with concerns about the rise of violence when so many people are confined to their homes.Finally, is this ‘pause’ really a time for self development, education and working on various skills that will ultimately help you later? We debate the issue.Join Shivani Gopal, Georgie Dent and Angela Priestley for this wide ranging discussion.Stories discussed this week:Navigating the big & small disappointments delivered by COVID19https://womensagenda.com.au/latest/navigating-the-big-small-disappointments-delivered-by-covid19/ Coronavirus and ‘domestic terrorism’: how to stop family violence under lockdownhttps://womensagenda.com.au/latest/coronavirus-and-domestic-terrorism-how-to-stop-family-violence-under-lockdown/Perhaps we’ve stumbled on a cure for intensive parentinghttps://womensagenda.com.au/latest/perhaps-weve-stumbled-on-a-cure-for-intensive-parenting/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mar 28, 2020
Love at home! Power of clear communication & vulnerability as source of strength
The podcasting team are at home, in different parts of the same city, connecting via video conference.This week they discuss cats being disappointed but dogs overjoyed by the prospect of their owners spending so much time at home (it’s true).On much more serious matters, they discuss the power of clear communication, looking particularly at some of the defining characteristics of female leadership during this pandemic and asking about the messaging that’s going on in Australia.New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Adern is high on the agenda, as are other leaders like German Chancellor Angela Merkel. They discuss the compassion, leadership, empathy, kindness, clarity and the power of words and language.The team also share optimism, outlining a range of measures and things businesses and people are doing all over the world during this crisis. Everything from businesses making some drastic manufacturing changes to people saying ‘how are you’ and really, really meaning it.Towards the end of the podcast, the team share their first experiences of remote learning, and trying to manage school at home.Recorded Wednesday. This one was slow to be upload as we adjust to new tech and Wifi issues during this time.Dog sprains his tail from ‘excessive wagging’ since owners have been in COVID lockdownhttps://7news.com.au/lifestyle/health-wellbeing/dog-sprains-his-tail-from-excessive-wagging-since-owners-have-been-in-covid-lockdown-c-764215Is ‘social distancing; the wrong term? Experts prefer ‘physical distancing’ and the WHO agreeshttps://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/wellness/social-distancing-coronavirus-physical-distancing/2020/03/25/a4d4b8bc-6ecf-11ea-aa80-c2470c6b2034_story.htmlIt’s physical, not social distancing. Ramp up the connectinghttps://womensagenda.com.au/latest/its-physical-not-social-distancing-ramp-up-the-connecting/‘Stay home to save lives’: She’s not our PM but Jacinda Ardern’s advice applies herehttps://womensagenda.com.au/latest/stay-home-to-save-lives-shes-not-our-pm-but-jacinda-arderns-advice-applies-here/The company behind Louis Vuitton is now making hand Sanitizer for French hospitalshttps://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/louis-vuitton-hand-sanitizer-coronavirus/Ideas for keeping kids educated and entertained at home https://womensagenda.com.au/latest/ideas-for-keeping-kids-educated-entertained-at-home/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mar 19, 2020
Self care, solidarity and how to lead in a crisis
This week's podcast has a different mood, as we dial in from three different locations.Recorded on Wednesday, we share a little on how we're feeling about the current crisis, and more on to the importance of considering self care and taking steps to look after yourself -- an evolving topic that will come up week to week.We also discuss and share some ideas that have been put forward by respected female leaders including Sam Mostyn regarding the need for a "single source of information" and Dr Kirstin Ferguson, who shared brilliant tips via our leadership webinar on what's needed from leadership during a crisis.Join Angela Priestley, Georgie Dent and Shivani Gopal for this discussion. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mar 12, 2020
Turning point on remote work? Taking on the caring in a pandemic. Female president, ever?
This week we're talking about remote work, and whether the sudden need to work from home is a turning point that will make it stick.We also share some difficult facts about the spread of coronavirus, and the broader impacts of the pandemic for women.AND we ask if we will ever see a US President in the near future, after Elizabeth Warren ended her campaign for the Democratic nomination.Join Georgie Dent, Shivani Gopal and Angela Priestley for another wide-ranging conversation!To end on a lighter note, we share our entertainment and food ideas (including what we'd do with the kids) during a period of self isolation.Some of the key stories we discuss are shared below:The new and urgent need for normalising flexible workhttps://womensagenda.com.au/latest/the-new-and-urgent-need-for-normalising-remote-and-flexible-work/The mass school closures possibility: How would working parents cope?https://womensagenda.com.au/life/jugglehood/the-mass-school-closures-possibility-how-would-working-parent…
Mar 7, 2020
Ok to dislike IWD? Educating girls and the very incredible Dr Kakenya Ntaiya
This is our International Women's Day podcast edition! We get to meet one of the most inspiring women who has ever come to Women's Agenda (and that is saying a LOT), Dr Kakenya Ntaiya.Engaged to be married at five in Kenya, Kakenya had different ideas for her future. She shares her story of education, studying in the United States and then returning home to start two schools for girls, and work on the 130 million girls who are still not in school internationally.Our chat with Kakenya starts around 24 minutes in.But first, Georgie Dent, Shivani Gopal and Angela Priestley are talking International Women's Day. Why do we need it? Has it gone too far? Is it actually creating more work for women when we already have way too much on?We also answer some 'rapid fire questions', including whether we'd accept Donald Trump as a boss if it meant he was no longer president of the United States, along with questions about morning routines and television shows we'd prefer to not admit we're watching.…
Feb 27, 2020
3. A turning point on DV? | What makes a ‘good’ employer? | Astronomer Lisa Harvey Smith
We cover a huge range of topics this week, starting with the most pressing: the urgent changes that need to happen to address domestic and family violence in Australia.We also speak to astronomer and Australia’s Women in STEM Ambassador, Professor Lisa Harvey Smith, about why the numbers are so stubborn when it comes to women in STEM, what we can do about it, and a little more about how Lisa paved a way into a male-dominated profession.Meanwhile, what actually makes an employer a good one for women? More than 100 organisations have this week received a citation as being an excellent place for 'gender equality'. But are great experiences at work a matter of excellent policies -- or does it really come down to the person we directly report to?Finally on our minds this week: Harvey Weinstein, the never-ending question about being a ‘good parent’, and the environmental WIN that demonstrates it’s worth getting involved.Join Angela Priestley, Georgie Dent and Shivani Gopal for this w…
Feb 20, 2020
2: No ‘trad wives’ here | Startup sexism, tennis superstars & more
Have you heard about ‘trad wives’? Neither had we, until we saw a major media outlet declaring that “hordes of women” are pushing for a return to 1950s style marriages.Our co hosts talk through the so-called new trends, along with some of the other biggest stories from Women’s Agenda this week including the very real problem of sexism in the startup sectors, how female tennis players are delivering on great outcomes for women and much, much more.Join Georgie Dent, Shivani Gopal and Georgie Dent this week as we delve into some of the key things that have us talking about how we live and work.Check out the relevant story links below: We’re not convinced ‘hordes of women’ are calling for a return to ‘1950s-style marriages’https://womensagenda.com.au/latest/were-not-convinced-hordes-of-women-are-calling-for-a-return-to-1950s-style-marriages/There’s a sexism problem in Aussie tech, so why aren’t we talking about it?https://womensagenda.com.au/latest/theres-a-sexism-p…
Feb 12, 2020
1: Finland’s 34yo PM stuns world on paid parental leave. What was Weinstein’s lawyer thinking?
We are back! With a new line up of familiar and new co-hosts, the Women’s Agenda Podcast is back in 2020 and going bigger than ever before. This week, Georgie Dent and Angela Priestley talk leadership brightspots from across the globe, after what’s been a particularly challenging start to the decade. We go to Finland, where 34 year old Prime Minister Sanna Marin has announced a paid parental leave scheme that will give ALL parents almost seven months leave. To New Zealand, where Jacinda Ardern is talking climate action to get on the “right side of history”. And back to Australia, where Independent MP Zali Steggall is pushing to end the stalemate on moving Australia forward. AND we catch up with contributor Kristine Ziwica who shares her take on Harvey Weinstein’s lawyer Donna Rotunno, who made headlines this week after telling the New York Times that she has never experienced sexual assault because she, “would never put myself in that position.” Yes, really. Check o…