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Posts by Gill Matthewson
Two stories

Two stories

Two recent perspectives on gender equity at work and in the home provided much food for thought. Gill Matthewson addresses the issues.
No, women do not earn more than men in architecture

No, women do not earn more than men in architecture

Before accepting every story that gets circulated, it’s important to look at the facts. Gill Matthewson points out that claims in Vogue are just not credible.
Breaking news: women are not condiments

Breaking news: women are not condiments

Dodgy data on the gender pay gap has inspired alarmist headlines and some rather archaic opinions, argues Gill Matthewson.
Multiplying diversity

Multiplying diversity

Gender is just one aspect of a diverse profession. Gill Matthewson opens up the discussion of the immense value of different perspectives in architecture.
Speak up, women!

Speak up, women!

Why do women knock back the chance to speak? Gill Matthewson explores the reasons why women can be reluctant to get on stage.
Vale Zaha Hadid, 1950–2016

Vale Zaha Hadid, 1950–2016

In the midst of many tributes to Zaha Hadid, Gill Matthewson offers a short reflection on what her career means in the context of gender and architecture, while John Gollings shares a fabulous image from his archive.
Mind the Gap

Mind the Gap

The gender pay gap in architecture does not discriminate, hitting just about every age group. Gill Matthewson digs into the Census stats and uncovers disturbing results.
Shock horror statistics

Shock horror statistics

What do the recent AR Women in Architecture surveys really mean? Gill Matthewson digs into the stats and finds that some of the drama evaporates on close inspection.
The Parlour effect

The Parlour effect

And now for the good news – the number of women registering in Australia has skyrocketed!
Same words, different mouth

Same words, different mouth

Gill Matthewson on the complexities of voice and gender in architecture.
Who counts?

Who counts?

Numbers provide one important indicator of the current shape of the profession. Gill Matthewson explains where we are at.
Architecture & the rhetoric of choice

Architecture & the rhetoric of choice

What is "choice" in the context of an architectural career? Gill Matthewson reflects on the rhetoric and the realities – economic and otherwise.
The 'half-life' of women architects

The ‘half-life’ of women architects

What can the 2011 census tell us about the "half-life" of woman architects? Gill Matthewson and Justine Clark take a look.
Architecture and the Goldilocks syndrome

Architecture and the Goldilocks syndrome

There are many types of architectural practices out there. Gill Matthewson suggests that young practitioners keep trying until they find one that suits them.
Updating the numbers, part 3: Institute membership

Updating the numbers, part 3: Institute membership

Gill Matthewson does the numbers on membership of the Australian Institute of Architects.
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