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Broderick's term comes to an end

Broderick's term comes to an end

Elizabeth Broderick

Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick will finish out her term today after eight years in the role, though a successor is yet to be announced.

Ms Broderick, a former lawyer, has made headlines for her bold championing of women’s issues.

On her second-last day, she spoke in Federal Parliament in defence of the paid parental leave scheme and called for targets for women MPs.

In her role, she created the Male Champions of Change initiative and lead the commission's Review into the Treatment of Women in the Australian Defence Force.

Ms Broderick has also been vocal in her push for greater diversity in the law, urging that gender equality should not be viewed as a “battle for the sexes”.

“We all sleep under the same stars, we all want similar things for our life … in more gender-equal societies, everyone wins,” she said.

Before becoming Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Ms Broderick was a partner at Blake Dawson (now known as Ashurst).

She became the firm’s first part-time partner – by the time she left in 2007, 10 per cent of the partners were part-time and 20 per cent were working flexibly.

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