Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Rural Women's Life Becomes Balancing Act; Family Time Taken Away by Long Distance Travel

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Rural Women's Life Becomes Balancing Act; Family Time Taken Away by Long Distance Travel

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Byline: Janet Grist janet.grist@northernstar.com.au

SAM WADSWORTH, of Theresa Creek, has three children under nine, works 40kms from home and is always pressed for time.

She is a perfect example of what new research has found - that the pressures on rural woman are increasing, along with the difficulty of balancing work and family life.

The third Australian Work and Life Index report also found that while city women faced increased stress, women living in rural and regional areas were also feeling an extra burden.

The director of the Centre for Work and Life and lead researcher, Professor Barbara Pocock, said the picture for all Australian women was not great.

"The results in this survey show that women are feeling increased pressure from work and we have a strong indication that women living in rural and regional areas are feeling it more. But we already know some things about what might be happening. Commuting long distances to and from work - almost a given for rural and regional women - increases worker stress and eats into family time," she said. …

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