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There are thousands of very credible women across Australia fighting for equal rights | Australian budget 2020

The prime minister, Scott Morrison, is angry with women. Not all of us, just those making a fuss about the woeful lack of attention to women’s workforce participation, economic security and safety in the budget his treasurer handed down on Tuesday night.

After early childhood education advocate and journalist Georgie Dent published an article in Women’s Agenda pointing out that the biggest-spending budget in history had allocated roughly a third of 1% of its funds for women’s economic security (citing a figure I tweeted from the Per Capita account during the budget presentation on Tuesday night), she received a call from the PM’s office to complain that “no one credible” was making such a complaint, and that “nothing in the budget is gendered”.

To quote one famous working woman: big mistake. Big. Huge.

Within a couple of hours, the hashtag #CredibleWomen was born, and soon trending in Australia. Twenty-four

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Why Did Hundreds of Thousands of Women Drop Out of the Workforce?

— Stefania Albanesi, an economics professor at the University of Pittsburgh


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The September jobs numbers, released by the Labor Department on Friday, confirmed what economists and experts had feared: The recession unleashed by the pandemic is sidelining hundreds of thousands of women and wiping out the hard-fought gains they made in the workplace over the past few years.

While the U.S. unemployment rate dropped to 7.9 percent in September, far below the record high of nearly 15 percent in April, a large part of that drop was driven not so much by economic growth — though there were some job gains — but by hundreds of thousands of people leaving

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Covid: Undetected breast cancer warning for thousands of women

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Tenovus Cancer Care estimates 30,000 people missed out on mammograms between March and July

About 3,000 women in Wales have “undetected breast cancer” because screening services were suspended during lockdown, it has been warned.

Tenovus Cancer Care estimates 30,000 people missed out on mammograms between March and July, and fear a repeat as coronavirus cases rise again.

Claire Williams, 39, was told she might not have survived breast cancer if she had not been treated when she was.

The Welsh Government said it had worked hard to ensure screening can continue.

Breast cancer screening was suspended by NHS Wales in March as the health service was gripped by the pandemic.

The service resumed in August, but Judi Rhys, chief executive of Tenovus Cancer Care, said 30,000 people missed out on a screening appointment during this time.

“About 3,000 women would have been picked up

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