Alliance eNewsletter  |  March 2016
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117 years to wait for gender equality

While we celebrated the many achievements of women - social, economic, cultural and politcial - on International Women's Day it was sobering to learn that gender parity is actually slowing. According to the official website for IWD it will take an estimated 117 more years to achieve gender parity, "The World Economic Forum predicted in 2014 that it would take until 2095 to achieve global gender parity. Then one year later in 2015, they estimated that a slowdown in the already glacial pace of progress meant the gender gap wouldn't close entirely until 2133." The same report also revealed that Australia had slipped from 24th to 36th place in world rankings on overall gender equality while New Zealand was up from 13th to 10th place. The IWD theme for 2016 "Pledge for Parity" aims to accelerate gender parity and it was wonderful to see so many of our girls' schools joining the campaign and stepping up to help, including the 160 girls from the  Student Alliance Networking Group that met at Queenwood in Sydney.

Until we reach gender parity the case for girls' schools remains strong. There is a growing body of evidence supporting the benefits of single-sex education for girls, and this year the Alliance has awarded a research grant to investigate STEM participation rates at school and beyond for girls from single-sex and co-ed schools in Australia and New Zealand.

Our conference, Real Girls Real Women, will include gender equality and gender identity among the many topics covered. Join us in Brisbane on May 22-24 to discuss the latest trends, research findings and innovative practice with high caliber speakers from around the world.

Warm regards
Loren Bridge, Executive Officer


Conference highlights announced

The Alliance's Biennial Educators Conference - REAL GIRLS REAL WOMEN - will explore the key issues in girls' education with headlining speakers including gender equality leader and former Australian Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Elizabeth Broderick; Emeritus Professor and ANU Public Policy Fellow, Alison Booth; and social researcher and next generation expert, Claire Madden.

A feature session on Transgender Issues for Girls' Schools has been added to the program. Leading this session will be our American colleagues from the National Coalition of Girls' Schools' Transgender Taskforce, Mariandl Hufford and Megan Murphy.

Review the complete program including multiple breakout sessions, pre-conference workshops and masterclasses at

Don't miss the opportunity to be part of this event and exclusive gathering of educators, researchers and advocates for girls' education. Register today and join us 22-24 May at Rydges Hotel, South Brisbane.


Connect with your Brisbane alumnae

If you're attending Real Girls Real Women in Brisbane 22-24 May we've made it easy for you to host a Brisbane alumnae event for your school (interstate and overseas schools only). We've organised the venue and catering so all you need to do is invite you alumnae along. 

When: Tuesday 24 May 2016, 6.00 pm - 7.30 pm

Where: The Honour Room, Foundation Building, Level 7 Somerville House, Graham Street, South Brisbane
Cost: $35pp / complimentary for conference delegates
RSVP: 4 April 2016 to advise the Alliance if your school is participating (e) and 2 May 2016 to advise the number of guests attending (e)

Research grant awarded

The Alliance's Research Grant has been awarded to Helen Forgasz, Professor of Education, Monash University and Gilah Leder, Adjunct Professor of Education, Monash University. Their research will investigate STEM participation rates at school level and beyond, as well as career and life trajectories for females who attend single-sex and co-educational schools in Australia and New Zealand. The research project is due to be completed in 2017 and we look forward to sharing the findings.

New Research Library abstracts

Several new research abstracts have been added to the Research Library covering topics including teenage girls' views on cosmetic surgery; research from Chile finding that girls from single-sex schools are more likely to take the physics and chemistry university entrance tests than girls from co-educational schools; and Dutch research concluding that despite girls and boys demonstrating similar levels of academic ability, boys are more competitive than girls and this is strongly correlated with boys being more likely than girls to choose "prestigious academic tracks" that are more maths- and science-intensive in the senior years of high school.

Global Forum on Girls' Education

In February 45 Alliance members travelled to New York City for the Global Forum on Girls' Education. It was reaffirming and exhilarating to be among the 950 delegates who gathered to learn and share on issues of girls' education. It was apparent that across the 25 countries represented at the forum that all shared common goals and faced similar challenges as we strive to transform the lives of the girls in our schools.

A video featuring girls' school students around the world speaking to the power of an all-girls education was created for the forum and is well worth watching and sharing with your school community. Click on the image below to view the video.
The power of all girls' schools

Employment opportunity

An outstanding leadership opportunity exists in Dallas, Texas, USA for Head of School at The Hockaday School effective July 2017.  For more information contact:
Rayna D. Loeb  or Agnes C. Underwood
Carney, Sandoe & Associates
44 Bromfield Street, Boston, MA 02108 (t) 617 542 0160


Our partners

The Alliance values the generous support of our partners. Explore how they could enhance the education of girls in your school.
For information about partnering with the Alliance visit: ››

Bond University is a not-for-profit private education provider located on the Gold Coast, Australia. It offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees across three trimesters each year, allowing a six semester degree to be completed in two years.

In the independent 2016 Good Universities Guide, Bond University was the highest rating Australian university, receiving the maximum five stars across the most key performance indicators. Created in the traditions of the world’s leading private universities, a series of grand sandstone buildings house world-class facilities. ››

Private funds support schools
As partners of AskRIGHT, Alliance members have access to a directory of private foundations at a reduced subscription cost. The Complete Guide to Australia's Private Ancillary Funds™ is an online database containing all of Australia's Private Ancillary Funds (PAFs).
A PAF is a distinctly Australian vehicle for philanthropy. To date there have been more than 1,300 PAFs registered. It is estimated that between $6 billion to $7 billion is currently invested in these funds and the law requires charitable distributions by every PAF every year. ››

iVicon was founded in 2003 in Houston USA to be the knowledge bridge and hub to the Invisible Continent – outer space. iVicon is the exclusive worldwide partner of the HASSE International Study Program which is designed to help cultivate the leaders of the next generation. HASSE programs encourage youth to broaden the mind, cultivate drive and instil curiosity while pursuing learning excellence. Through our new partnership with iVicon, the Alliance will be able to offer students from our member schools the opportunity to participate in HASSE space school programs without individual schools needing to provide their own full tour complement of 16-20 students. ››

The CIRCLE Postgraduate Study in School Leadership Program is an online, distance learning program which enables existing, aspiring and emerging school leaders to undertake relevant, school-based professional learning, while having their work accredited by The University of Tasmania. In addition, the qualification is an excellent, and cost effective, way to work towards a Masters of Education, as units completed with CIRCLE count towards a Masters which can then be completed with UTAS or another university.
The upcoming unit, Building School Performance, will commence on 25 April. Limited places for this unit are still available.
For more information on this unit, or how to enrol, please email Fiona McVitie, you can also find out more about the program at

World Challenge works in partnership with schools to deliver fun and adventurous expeditions to developing countries, as a means of aiding students in developing crucial life skills such as leadership, teamwork, self-awareness and compassion.
We have just welcomed home over 3000 Australian and New Zealand students from expeditions all over the globe – from Cambodia to Tanzania! Follow us on Facebook to see photos and stories from recent travellers.

For further information on the World Challenge Expeditions please visit or

Upcoming Events
Clinical and Health Psychologist Dr Peta Stapleton explains tapping and how it can be used in schools.
22 March 5-7pm | Strathcona Baptist Girls' Grammar School, Canterbury, VIC

Aspiring Women in Science
15-16 April | St Aidan's Anglican Girls School | Brisbane, QLD


School Leadership program
Post graduate study with CIRCLE commences 25 April


Girls for Change Leadership:
Making a Difference

28-29 April | Westlake Girls' High School | Auckland NZ


Fablearn Australia Conference:
20-21 May| Lauriston Girls' School | Armadale, VIC


Real Girls Real Women
22-24 May | Rydges Hotel | South Bank, QLD 



Latest News
More women on boards means more profit for companies

A study released by researchers from La Trobe University's Business School has found that companies with more women on their boards make higher profits.


Students aim for stars

Students from Sydney’s Domremy College featured in their local paper, Inner West Courier, in an article about the Alliance’s combined schools NASA trip.


Boys prefer co-ed but girls do best on their own

Strathcona principal, Marise McConaghy speaks out on benefits of single-sex education for girls in The Australian.


Elizabeth Broderick announced as conference keynote

Elizabeth Broderick Australia’s longest serving Sex Discrimination Commissioner and 2016 NSW Australian of the Year, will be a keynote speaker at the Alliance’s Biennial Educators Conference. Elizabeth will address the conference theme “Real Girls Real Women: Leading, Empowering, Celebrating,”


Girls at England’s 217 government girls’ schools outperform co-ed counterparts

A recent article in The Guardian highlights research by education website SchoolDash showing that girls at England’s 217 government girls’ schools outperformed girls attending government co-educational schools in 2015



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