Friends With Money #12: Women and super


Women are retiring with 47% less super than men, so this episode of the Friends With Money podcast is focused on finding out what's going on and how we can fix it.

Despite more conversations and greater advocacy around equal pay, the challenges associated with gender wealth disparity still remain.

Time out of the work-force raising children, disproportionate representation in part-time retail and hospitality roles, as well as the gender pay gap mean women are also trailing men in superannuation balances when reaching retirement age.

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They were also more significantly impacted by COVID-19 and participation in the government's early release of super scheme.

Here, Money magazine managing editor Julia Newbould talks to Heather Dawson, Active Super's chief experience officer, about what we can do to narrow the gap.

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Julia Newbould was editor-at-large and later managing editor of Money from November 2019 to February 2022. She was previously editor of Financial Planning and Super Review magazines; managing editor at InvestorInfo and at Morningstar Australia. Julia co-authored The Joy of Money, a book on women and personal finance. She holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Sydney where she serves on the alumni council.

Heather Dawson is the chief experience officer at Active Super, one of Australia's leading responsible investment super funds. She has 25 years of experience in the US and Australian financial services and superannuation market, including serving as a former partner at Mercer and managing director of Russell Investments. Heather holds a Bachelor of Science - Business Administration from the University of Nebraska in the US.