Three senior women in the Morrison government have hit the airwaves to reject claims the federal budget is overwhelmingly skewed towards men.
Social Services Minister Anne Ruston dismissed criticisms of the budget as misreporting.
"Every single measure in the budget is available for women," she told the ABC on Thursday.
"To suggest the budget doesn't focus on women, I think, is wrong."
Senator Ruston noted one section of the budget - the women's economic security statement - contained $240 million for specific initiatives.
But the funding allocation is a pittance compared with multibillion-dollar commitments directed to various male-dominated industries.
Employment Minister Michaelia Cash said women would benefit from many of the headline budget items.
"As a woman, if you're in the workforce you pay tax, you get a tax break," she told Sky News.
"If you drive on roads as a woman, we do, you will benefit from our investment in infrastructure."
Industry Minister Karen Andrews said it was disgraceful to claim women had been overlooked.
"Most women want to get out there and do their jobs quietly and efficiently, and they are doing that," she told reporters in Canberra.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison told parliament the budget was for all Australians.
Various programs rolled out throughout the coronavirus pandemic have benefited men the most.
Women have represented more than 50 per cent of job losses during the economic downturn.
But just eight per cent of apprentices that have received government support are women.
Other sectors including hospitality, tourism and the arts - which have large numbers of female workers - are crying out for more support.
There is also no new funding for child care in the budget, which will have a disproportionate impact on women.
Shadow treasurer Jim Chalmers said women were being left behind.
"This is a budget that managed to rack up more than a trillion dollars in debt and still managed to leave Australian women behind," he told the ABC.
"Nothing for child care, nothing for workforce participation in the budget.
"A lot of Australian women who would have tuned in on Tuesday night expecting better would have been disappointed."
A recent analysis by the Parliamentary Budget Office showed that even before the pandemic hit, a significant number of JobSeeker recipients were middle-aged women.
But they are excluded from a new "hiring credit" scheme that will see businesses paid for employing young people.
Labor leader Anthony Albanese is expected to focus on child care during his budget reply on Thursday night.