Jane Caro wears many hats; including author, lecturer, mentor, social commentator, columnist, workshop facilitator, speaker and award winning advertising writer. The common thread running through her career is a delight in words and a talent for using them to connect with other people. A skill she developed and honed during her very successful 30 years as an advertising writer.
She is sought after as a speaker and workshop facilitator by a wide range of organisations, in both the public and private sectors, including most recently the AEU, ACTU, Urban Development Institute of Australia, Sydney Leadership (NSW Benevolent Society), Women in Finance and AMP. She is also sought after by the media to comment on a range of issues from advertising and marketing to education, feminism, women and work, and parenting.
Jane is often outspoken in relation to women’s issues and in her recent ABC News article, she has expressed her opinion that when women turn 50 their ability to remain employed becomes shaky, and if they are in low-paid relatively low-skilled occupations, losing their job can be a disaster. This often reflects their younger lives when they were often overtly encouraged not to bother with tertiary training because they would marry, have kids and their husband would support them — they will have very little between them and poverty.
Jane points out that these women don’t have much superannuation, are too old for the job market, too young for the pension and not eligible for any kind of disability support.
If they don’t own their own home or have sold it to live off the proceeds (what else do you do when you have no income?), a rent rise or increase in electricity prices can tip them into homelessness.
Indeed, the fastest-growing group among the homeless is women over 55.
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