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Focusing on the numbers will do little to improve gender diversity in Australian businesses. Image from www.shutterstock.com

Numbers don’t tell the whole story on gender diversity

Along with deductions, write-offs and reconciling accounts, Australian businesses have ended the financial year with their second report on diversity strategy and compliance with the ASX Corporate Governance…
In most of our workplaces and institutions there are subtle, cumulative, insidious judgements and responses that serve to reinforce the powerful status quo of leadership. Image sourced from www.shutterstock.com

Is this the end of the gender wars?

Accounts in the media over the past week explain, or rather rationalise, the downfall of our first female Prime Minister. One-time feminist warrior Eva Cox found that Julia Gillard failed to communicate…
Australian women are increasingly occupying senior international roles. Image sourced from www.shutterstock.com

Australian women go overseas to escape the glass ceiling

At a time of much hand-wringing around the future of manufacturing in this country, especially in sectors dominated by foreign multinationals, we might take solace in the emerging efforts of an under-appreciated…
The idea that women bring “special” qualities to a boardroom is actually counterproductive to increasing their participation. Shutterstock/Andrey_Popov

Is the idea of “unique” female business qualities a stereotype?

There is a common theme in public debate on gender diversity – a focus on the unique benefits women bring to boards, the warm, inclusive and ultimately unquantifiable merits of a gender diverse boardroom…
A germaine point… lost in the furore around comments over Julia’s jackets was a genuine insight into the relationship between power and attire. AAP/ Lukas Coch

Dressing the part: women, power, fashion - and that bloody jacket!

Germaine Greer had been responding to a questioner on the ABC’s Q&A program (March 19, 2012), who asked what advice the panel would give to the Prime Minister Julia Gillard on her image problem. Gillard’s…
Onwards and upwards: using quotas and targets could pave a leadership path for more women. www.shutterstock.com

Targets and quotas: a two-pronged approach to increase board diversity

Despite great aspirations and considerable effort towards attaining more women in leadership, progress over the last 10 years has at best been slow, as a recent report from the Australian Bureau of Statistics…
Two-thirds of Australia’s ASX500 firms have no female executives, a census released by the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace agency has found. http://www.flickr.com/photos/dangoorevitch/

Australian firms trail world for women in top roles

Australian companies have the lowest percentage of women in top executive roles compared to other countries with equivalent…

Women better than men at crisis management

A new Dutch study has found that women are overrepresented in leadership positions in organisations in crisis-mode. The study…
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has spearheaded global push to increase women’s participation in public and corporate life. AAP

Confronting gender inequality beyond quotas

Pressure is mounting globally for women’s equal participation in corporate and public life. As of March 2012, women made up only 3.2% of presidents and chairmen and 13.7% of board seats in European companies…
American Marissa Mayer, 37, held several senior roles at Google before becoming CEO at Yahoo last week in an appointment that made her the youngest CEO of a Fortune 500 company. AAP

Pervasive workplace sexism is biggest threat to success

Exposure to sexism is the greatest threat to the work performance of women, who flourish when they have opportunities to…
New research has found many industries have recommended the use of quotas to increase women in leadership roles, although their use also evokes negative reaction. Flickr

Exploring the use of quotas for women in leadership roles

In Australia and many other countries, increases in the number of women in senior leadership roles within most corporations have been small and slow to occur. The underemployment and under-utilisation…
Westpac chief Gail Kelly was the first female CEO of a major Australian bank or top 15 company. AAP/Dean Lewins

Make gender targets a job measure for managers

Australian businesses should set managers “challenging gender targets” and hold them accountable for the proportion of women…

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