Don't let your career kill you

A dramatic career change mid-life is not unthinkable, but not every shift goes smoothly.

'They were merciless to me'

Katherine Bashour the pregnant Australian ANZ employee who was disciplined for refusing a pelvic exam, tells her side of the story.

Office skills that matter

Want to succeed in the modern workplace? Here are 10 old-fashioned skills you'll need.

Women. Like men. Only cheaper

Aussie multimillionaire Evan Thornley says he 'stuffed up' with remarks at a tech conference about paying women less than men.

Start a business on a shoestring

How do you start a business with pretty much nothing?


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Milk, glass of milk

Breastmilk soap

Convinced of breast milk's healing powers, one mother has been using this so-called "liquid gold" to make organic soap.

Mary Poppins

Are you jealous of your child's carer?

Of course we want our children to form bonds with other carers. But what happens when these bonds can cause feelings of guilt and jealousy?

kiran chug

How flexible hours really work

Kiran is two weeks into her new job - here's what she thinks so far about the work/home juggle.


Pursue your part-time passions

Playing with our passions can better our everyday lives: here are five reasons why.

kiran chug

Becoming a working mum

I'm only in my first week back at work and I've realised how important it is to be organised.

stay at home mum

Work barriers after kids

Just how easy is it for women who have opted out of the workforce to opt back in?

kiran chug

Returning to work

Next week, after a long break from working in an office, Kiran will return to work.

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One word to change your life

If you struggle with information overload and find it hard to focus, this word could change everything.

rebecca papprill

Glitz and glamour to DPB

I went from being a professional dancer to a solo mum on the DPB.


Home vs work

Who knew marriage and parenting could be harder work than, well, work?


Can habits be positive?

I decided I'd try to change. I set out to do things differently over the course of a week.

feminist, rosie the riveter

Unfinished business

The great battles of feminism may be over, but women still have plenty to fight for in the quest for equality.

Abby Wilder

Dream comes true for author

If working part time and raising two children wasn't enough, Abby Wilder has self-published her debut novel.


Making your work day healthier

It's time to get serious about breaking up the long bouts of uninterrupted sitting.

mum and baby

Leaving bub at 4 weeks old

I feel I have already missed out on the first part of my son's life by working.

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