Senator Reynolds is a passionate champion for gender equality and female empowerment in politics and in society more generally. Service to the nation has been a constant throughout the Senator's adult life. She is an equally proud Liberal woman and service woman.
One of the first things she did as a Senator was to drive a review and reform agenda through the Federal Executive of the Liberal Party. The party has adopted targets and all state and territory divisions are taking action to encourage more women into the party, mentor them into leadership positions and eventually into pre-selection and parliament. Senator Reynolds continues to work hard to effect genuine organisational change within the Liberal Party.
The Liberal government is delivering on what matters for women and working mums: affordable and flexible childcare, flexible maternity leave, breast cancer funding, closing the gender pay gap. After five years of Liberal and National government more women than ever before are working, both in terms of number and percentage. Today, over 1.2 million more Australians are in work - 56% of these are women. The female participation rate is now over 60% - the highest on record.
Despite major advances in women’s rights, there is still a long way to go on the path towards full gender equality, as evidenced by nearly all social, economic and political indicators. Women continue to participate in labour markets on an unequal basis with men, are paid less than men and bear disproportionate responsibility for unpaid care work.
Senator Reynolds continues to fight for gender equality in both WA and nationally to ensure equal representation of women in business, politics and wider society.