Putting paid to prescribed roles : a new era for Australian women and philanthropy

Steinberg, Margaret & Cain, Lara (2003) Putting paid to prescribed roles : a new era for Australian women and philanthropy. Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Qld.. [Working Paper]


In redefining our understanding of women’s roles in contemporary Australian philanthropy, the impact of major contextual and demographic changes, as well as changes in women’s roles, responsibilities and opportunities need to be considered. Although academic study of philanthropy and the wider third sector is increasing in Australia, literature searches have revealed little current data on the giving patterns and philanthropic drivers for contemporary Australian women, particularly emerging cohorts (one ABS survey looks at giving patterns – ABS, 2000b: 32). In contrast, there is increasing interest in the US, where it is acknowledged that more women are becoming independent holders of wealth; and that interested donors have specific needs, desires and motivations in terms of knowledge, power, marketing and response to their philanthropy (see for example, Grace 2000; McCarthy 2001; Women’s Philanthropy Institute 2002). These varied demographic, social and economic drivers, which could also be expected to encourage new cohorts of Australian women to give, will be examined within our definition of women in philanthropy, and a brief history of women’s philanthropy in Australia, in order to inform future in-depth analyses of Australian women donors.

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ID Code: 49985
Item Type: Working Paper
Refereed: No
Keywords: Australia, Gender roles, Philanthropy
ISBN: 1741070104
ISSN: 1447-1213
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > OTHER COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (159900)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > OTHER STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (169900) > Gender Specific Studies (169901)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 01 May 2012 03:50
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2013 04:58

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