Today I spoke to a room packed with journalists, academics, women’s organisations, early childhood organisations and fellow educators. I am an early childhood educator from Plumpton and I was the closing speaker at the very first United Voice Pay Equity Conference in Sydney.
Why did I close the conference? Because as an educator I'm part of the campaign that is the next big step Australia can take towards equal pay. When we win Big Steps, we will be setting a precedent for other female-dominated professions that have been historically undervalued.
Today was a big day of three panels, discussing the ways in which the leaders and experts in the room can support us to win professional wages. However, it wasn’t just a day of talk. Nobody left without committing their active support for Big Steps – whether they are a columnist or an academic, everyone committed their connections, time and energy to support us to win this next big step. In union, we can make equal pay a reality!
One of the biggest highlights for me was the powerful speech given by Guardian columnist Van Badham, which was streamed on our Facebook page. WATCH and SHARE it to help spread the word! It's time for equal pay now.
The support shown for our campaign didn’t surprise me – it’s not hard to convince people that we’re worth far more than $20 an hour! – but after today professional pay feels even closer!
Educator and United Voice Member