Editor's note

On International Women’s Day, we launch a global series on the impact of the #MeToo movement, with contributions from The Conversation teams in the US, Canada, France, Africa, Indonesia and Spain on how the global movement has affected a particular aspect of life in their own countries. In Australia, Bianca Fileborn examines how the movement has changed the way violence against women is written about in the media - including social media. She writes that although the impact has been significant, there is still a long way to go.

It’ll take a very long time until we’ve as many women as men working as chief executives - about 80 years, or the rest of the century until 2100 according to new research by Rebecca Cassells and Alan Duncan. They’ve examined rates of progress industry by industry and identified what’s holding us back.

Recently, ecologist Arian Wallach took a detailed look at her CV – and realised it was gender-biased. She counts only a few women scientists among recent grant collaborators and publication co-authors. Now she’s on a mission to improve the diversity in her professional networks, and has a clear plan in mind: reach out to and work with women at every reasonable opportunity.

Amanda Dunn

Section Editor: Politics + Society

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Though #MeToo has changed some aspects of media reporting, there is still much to be done. Wes Mountain/The Conversation

#MeToo has changed the media landscape, but in Australia there is still much to be done

Bianca Fileborn, University of Melbourne; Rachel Loney-Howes, University of Wollongong; Sophie Hindes

The #MeToo movement brought to light the extent of sexual violence in the community, largely through the media. But there is still a long way to go to overturn stereotypes and shut down online abuse.

Things are changing quickly in lower management, but at the very top there remains a hard-to-attack barrier. Shutterstock

Gender equity. The way things are going, we won’t reach true parity until the 22nd century

Rebecca Cassells, Curtin University; Alan Duncan, Curtin University

The hard nuts to crack are getting women into chief executive positions and getting them paid as much.

Most of us make daily decisions about who we choose to work and collaborate with. So what if we used that to improve professional diversity? rawpixel / unsplash

My CV is gender biased. Here’s what I plan to do about it

Arian Wallach, University of Technology Sydney

A confession: I can count on a single hand the number of women I have invited to collaborate with me on publications and grants.

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    Robert Glasser, Australian National University

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