‘WOMEN and men might be treated the same at work, but when things really change is when women want to go off and have a child. They will take maternity leave and all of a sudden they are treated differently, as if they don’t have the same aspirations or ambitions any more.”
Those words were spoken by the Governor-General, Quentin Bryce, in 1995.
Speaking as the former Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Ms Bryce said many employers still harboured deep misgivings about maternity leave. Maternity leave, she concluded, continued to be viewed differently to other forms of leave in the workplace.