Eva Maria Cox AO is an Austrian-born Australian writer, feminist, sociologist, social commentator and activist. She has been an active advocate for creating a "more civil" society.
Restoring societal values that make a better future for all
Can we really believe that the power structurers of human societies in 2023 are setting policies and programs that are doing the best for our future? Continue reading »
The need for a social contract to create voter trust
What happened to sustainable democracy’s social contract? Continue reading »
Why isn’t anyone talking about trust?
Why has there been no discussion of how levels of distrust influenced voters’ decisions in the recent election? There has been wide speculation on why there were such low levels of votes for the Coalition and, to a lesser degree, the ALP as first preferences. There’s also been lots of discussion about the successful rise Continue reading »
We cannot expect the Minister for Women to lead the changes for gender equality
A federal election in sight always creates feminist optimistic hopes that long-term inequities will be on agendas and addressed. But gender equality policy making in 2022 isn’t working. Continue reading »
The missing social trustworthiness factor in the Budget and everywhere
We must discuss the need for a social contract that restores our trust in democracy and decent governance. Continue reading »
Pigeons come home to roost: toxic gender pay gap is exposed by the pandemic
Those in power must address the gender wage gap to ensure the capacity of governments and services to employ more health and community workers. Continue reading »
It’s time: we need a new social contract, with women at the forefront
The interests of half the population can no longer be ignored in the quest to remake our systems of governance, writes Eva Cox. Continue reading »
Will we ever see a socially responsible budget?
They might be calling it the Women’s Budget, but the way I read it this budget attempts to appear to be in the public interest but it’s actually aimed squarely at the private sector. Funding allocated to target women’s needs is actually designed to give money to providers of services that employ mainly women and Continue reading »
A nearly useless Government budget appeal to women voters!
This year’s budget has been designed to make the government more popular with women. After virtually ignoring our needs in last year’s budget and anger at workplace standards for female workers, it needed to act. With a coming election, this supposed improvement of funding of fee rebates for children’s services is offered as bait. However, Continue reading »
Feminism needs to oppose neoliberal economics to move forward
Women, particularly feminists, have spent the last four decades seeking equality with men, but have failed to change inequitable male-driven values. We started well in the 1970s and into the 1980s but as neoliberalism took over our progress stopped. We had gained laws for equality in some areas but without the necessary value and attitude Continue reading »
Feminism, Tanya and the ALP
As a long-term feminist I’m concerned that Second Wave radical goals of real gender equity, not just equality on masculine-established criteria, have still not been achieved. One area that requires serious change is to the criteria for leadership. Continue reading »
Uncivil society: women’s contributions grossly undervalued
Judging by last week’s budget, the federal government grossly undervalues the contributions made by female workers, both unpaid and paid. Given the huge contribution of women in care jobs during the worst of the pandemic, the absence of support is seen as deeply offensive. Continue reading »