Research

The Research of the Foundations is framed around its three strategic objectives: #Share the Load #Share the Benefits #Share the Power. Each of the researcher’s work falls within each of these pillars – if we share the load, share the benefits and share the power we will not only achieve women’s equal leadership, but we will embed it in the expectations of Australian society.
Oral Histories

Oral Histories

Professor Kim Rubenstein’s work revolves around citizenship –formal membership of the nation-state and also broader questions of membership and community. Analysing women’s active citizenship includes her work analysing how women have worked in the public spheres of law and government. Her major oral history project with the National library of Australia on trailblazing women lawyers led to 50 new whole of life oral histories in the NLA’s collection and this online exhibition.

Freeze Frame

Freeze Frame

This project uses participant-generated imagery (photos taken with smartphones or similar) to create new understandings about the division of unpaid labour in Australia during COVID-19.People over the age of 18 who reside in Australia, and who live with at least one another person, were asked to take photos of their own unpaid labour over one week period, 2-4 images per day. After the images were collated, short individual follow-up interviews (online or face to face) were held with the participants to discuss the images in more detail.The project aims to make the invisible visible by asking the participants to take photos of their everyday life situations and practices, and thus share their private worlds with the researchers in a way that narratives only can’t capture. 

Girls to Men

From Girls to Men: social attitudes to gender equality issues in Australia is a research program hosted by the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation at the University of Canberra. The research program is distinctive in at least four ways. Firstly, it is the first research program in Australia to combine a large-scale national quantitative survey with nation-wide focus groups and big data analysis of social media activity on gender equality issues. Secondly, it studies the attitudes of boys and girls, men and women to gender issues relating to equality and empowerment. Thirdly, it investigates attitudinal patterns by generational, mainstream and diversity groups. And, fourthly, particular attention is paid to the relationship between sexual politics and gender attitudes and the role of social media in promoting gender attitudes.