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Sydney Women’s Fund Portrait Research 3 2018

New research finds more fears than hopes for Sydney women

Sydney Women find living a comfortable life in Sydney has become harder and harder. New research shows 82% of women across all ages are finding it harder to live in Sydney and 85% feel alienated from the political decision-making processes shaping Sydney and Australia.

 The independent research funded by philanthropy through Sydney Women’s Fund – explores the hopes, fears and dreams of Sydney women and seeks to take the pulse of Sydney Women in this moment, answering the question “If Sydney were 100 women, what does that look like?”

The research shows a lack of financial security indicating an emerging crisis for Sydney women, and an economically divided city. Almost half, (49%) of women say, “they’re struggling or just getting along”, and (59%) of these women are living in Western Sydney.

Almost half of Sydney women (48%) earn less than $34,000 per annum, (73%) are concerned about maintaining an adequate income to remain in Sydney, with (49%) spending (30%) or more of their income on housing.

Women are insufficiently prepared for retirement. Only (11%) are confident they can finance their own future with retirement funds. (32%) of women say that if their relationship broke down, they would be at-risk financially.

Despite their challenges Sydney women have a sense of optimism, (66%) feel positive about the years ahead.

In addition to economic stress, the research shows Sydney women face discrimination at worrying levels; (61%) experienced a negative impact of discrimination – based on race, gender, sexuality, disability – in the past 12 months.

Sydney Women’s Fund Portrait III Research is the first baseline survey in any Australian city of women and girls aged 17-75 and was funded by The Snow Foundation, Vasudhara Foundation, alongside funding from Sydney Women’s Fund. Sydney Women’s Fund commissioned social researcher Rebecca Huntley and Essential Media to undertake the research.

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