Today's Agenda: Massive boost for women's basketball following landmark deal

Today’s Agenda: Massive boost for women’s basketball following landmark deal

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Julia Gillard never received the invite, landmark deal for women’s basketball, major female CEO appointment and more. These are the latest hits, misses, launches and appointments for women. 

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Landmark Deal: Women’s basketball gets big sponsorship with Chemist Warehouse

Chemist Warehouse has signed a three-year deal with Basketball Australia, supporting all seven national women’s teams.

The deal will give Chemist Warehouse naming rights to the the Australian Opals, as well as the Women’s National Basketball League.

And it fills a massive financial gap for the sport, given it’s been 18 months since the Opals and the women’s league last had a naming rights sponsor.

It also extends Chemist Warehouse’s current involvement in the sport, in which it supports a number of women’s wheelchair teams, women’s junior teams and the women’s intellectually impaired team.

Chemist Warehouse COO Mario Tascone said on the deal: “We understand this journey will present many opportunities and we’re fortunate to be able to assist the Opals and the WNBL in continuing to develop the women’s league into one of Australia’s premier women’s sporting competitions, which is something that is very special to us.”

It comes in the lead up to the FIBA World Championships in Spain in September. Go the Opals!

Opps. Julia Gillard did not receive an invite

When Joe Hockey responded to a Women’s Agenda story last week week questioning why all 15 of the ‘mateship’ patrons appointed to celebrate the relationship between the US and Australia were male, he said that former prime minister Julie Gillard had been invited.

But tweeting in response yesterday, Gillard said that she never received the invitation – possibly because it was sent to an office she vacated in 2014.

She added she’d be happy to participate, especially in order to better advise on gender equality in line with her work at the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership.

Appointed. Penny Burtt to replace Jenny McGregor as CEO of AsiaLink

Jenny McGregor’s long stint leading AsiaLink will soon come to an end, with Penny Burtt set to shortly replace her at the helm as CEO, according to the AFR.

McGregor has led AsiaLink since it was established in 1990, seeing it become recognised as a centre for the promotion of public understanding on Asia and the role of Australia in the region.

Burtt is an executive with Visa.  She’s previously served in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Geneva as a diplomat with the Department of Foreign.

Money Talks: What’s the Trump administration’s problem with breastfeeding?

Yesterday Donald Trump tweeted: “The US strongly supports breastfeeding but we don’t believe women should be denied access to formula.”

Not sure who is being denied access to such formula. But as Polly Dunning tweeted, we can see the hypocrisy in the US positioning itself as being pro-breastfeeding for itself, but pro formula for the rest of the world — possibly because there’s big money involved. Read Polly excellent opinion piece in the Sydney Morning Herald. 

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