Share the Grass
On International Women's Day, we pause to celebrate, reflect and gain inspiration from the vast and varied achievements of women and girls.
But equality is our vision, and equality is not a women's issue – it's an everyone issue. And there's still much more work to be done.
In Australia today:
Women still earn less than men, though equal pay for work of equal value has been law since 1969.
One in two women experience discrimination at work while pregnant.
70% of all part-time workers are women, but only 6% of management roles are performed part-time.
Just 16.5% of CEOs are women.
Women retire with 42% less super than men.
At Grace Papers, we work to overcome imbalance like this every day. But despite the best of intentions, even in our world bias and privilege can creep in.
When our CEO Prue Gilbert's kids started school, it became evident there were differences in how they played. While her son and his friends converged on the oval, her daughter did not – she didn't feel safe. Inspired by a visit from AFLW player Libby Birch, her children and their friends came to her with the idea of 'share the grass' – a proposal for equal access to the oval enabling equal opportunity for health and development.
We know that women are under-represented in sport, both on and off the field – think participation, coverage and leadership. Yet, equal opportunity and support when it comes to playing sport not only positively impacts girls’ health and development, it counters privilege and bias.
It was a proud moment for Prue when some other parents told her that, in response to his peers objecting to the girls playing footy with them - her son was able to speak up and explain that they all had to ‘share the grass.’
At Grace Papers, we empower women and men to understand their gifts, talents and abilities – to use them to achieve their full potential, and speak up to address injustice and advocate for change at the individual, organisational and societal level.
If the kids can do it, we can too – consider this your invitation to play by new rules. To open up the conversation, call out discrimination and create new norms. To celebrate the achievements of women and girls, as well as the men and boys standing beside them who call out bias and privilege.
Together, we can look to the big picture, a world where everyone – regardless of gender – can live with dignity. Starting on the grass, by sharing the grass.
Join us as we support you to share the grass too, through targeted interventions, to achieve our collective vision that a more balanced world is a better one.