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SuperEquality

When it comes to super, women usually come off second best. Their average super balance at retirement is around half that of men’s1. Isn’t it time we got the balance right?

SuperEquality

Why women get left behind. It’s not just about lower pay. Women’s super often gets left behind for the very best of reasons.


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Show transcript

[Intro music]

<Super> Is there anything we wouldn’t sacrifice for our kids?

[Video opens on a woman sitting in an interview room]

Woman in pink shirt: All the sacrifices that I gave up as a Mum. I don’t regret one single iota.

Woman in white shirt: The luxuries that you get now, you would forego those. You just wouldn’t even think about it, you wouldn’t entertain it.

Woman in emerald shirt: I loved it. I still love it. My children are my greatest joy really.

Woman in blue shirt: Absolute worth every… I would do it again.

Woman in white collar shirt: I try my best as a Mum.

Woman in grey wrap: I put myself last often in the list of things that need to be cared for and looked after.

Woman in black shirt: When I look back now, wow. Wish you could just stop in those little stages in their life and just breathe it in for a bit.

Woman in navy shirt: I love my kids, I feel like they’ve grown into wonderful human beings.

Woman in pink shirt: My kids mean everything to me. They are the reason for getting up every day.

<Super> So is it worth it?

[A TV is brought into the room and turned on. It plays a video of each woman’s child sharing a message for their mum]

Young man in blue shirt: Hi Mum!

Woman in white shirt: Oh my God!

[The video changes to another child]

Young woman in blue shirt: Hey Mum [laughs]!

Woman in navy shirt: Aw gosh [laughing]!

[The video changes to another child]

Woman in grey wrap: [blinking back tears] Oh!

[The video changes to another child]

Young man in blue shirt: My Mum is spectacular, I would not be as proud of who I am without her input.

[Woman in white shirt wipes away tears as she watches her son’s video. The video changes to another child]

Young man in spotted shirt: She still packs me a lunch everyday on my way to uni. [laughs] I don’t ask for it, it’s just always there.

Woman in blue shirt: He’s gorgeous, look at him.

[The video changes to another child]

Young woman in white shirt: You’re the best mother in the world, all my friends are always so jealous of the great mother I have and I just absolutely adore you and love you.

[Woman in emerald shirt wipes away tears. The video changes to another child]

Young man in black shirt: She puts up with all the rubbish my brother and I have put her through.

[Woman in white collar shirt smiles lovingly at the video of her son. The video changes to another child]

Young boy: No matter what happens, you’ll always love me.

[Woman in grey wrap fans her flushed face. The video changes to another child]

Young woman in black shirt: She’s always there for me, always listens, no matter what I have to say.

[Woman in black shirt smiles at her daughter’s video. The video changes to another child]

Young woman in white shirt: She cares about everyone else more than herself. She’d put anyone before her.

[Woman in pink shirt smiles and wipes away tears. The video changes to another child]

Young woman in blue shirt: You know, we are always her first priority which is amazing - that’s what Mum’s are for right? [laughs]

[Woman in navy shirt smiles happily at her daughters video. The scene shifts as one by one the children surprise their mothers by revealing themselves by walking into the interview rooms]

Woman in emerald shirt: I’m a mess!

[Woman in emerald shirt laughs and hugs her daughter. Each child receives a similar reception from their happy mothers]

Woman in navy shirt: I love you so much.

Young woman in blue shirt: I’m the number one kid right?

Woman in navy shirt: Number one [laughing].

Young woman in blue shirt: Did you get that on film? I’ll send that to my brothers.

[Both women hug and laugh]

<Super> Can we ever repay mums for the sacrifices they make? Probably not. But we can help them make up for some of the superannuation they’ve sacrificed over the years. Find out how at SuperEquality.com.au

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The super facts of life

The shortfall in women’s super is real. In fact, when the average woman retires, she will have around 47% less in her super account than the average male1. But that’s not all. We recently surveyed more than 1,500 Australians2.

1. ASFA, an update on the level and distribution of retirement savings, March 2014
2. Galaxy research of 1,500 Australians on behalf of Sunsuper, August 2015

The Great Super Divide

Is your super falling short? Find out how your super balance compares with the average male of your age. Enter your age and super balance here to find out.

1. ASFA, Ross Clare (March 2014) An update on the level and distribution of retirement savings.

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