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An overwhelming majority of university leaders in Australia are male. An overwhelming majority of university leaders in Australia are male. Flickr/David Burke

Female leaders are missing in academia

Women make up 64% of Pro Vice Chancellors, 65% of Deputy Vice Chancellors and 77% of Vice Chancellors in Australian universities. Would such a headline cause a reader to re-scan the article to make sure…
You can’t calculate for a confidence gap. You can’t calculate for a confidence gap. AlenKadr/Shutterstock

One way to fix the gender gap in academia – only hire women

If you want more women in your organisation, advertise jobs that are designated for women only. That’s what Delft University of Technology did. Delft had a problem. It had too few women faculty members…
Chimerica was the biggest winner at this year’s Olivier Awards. Chimerica was the biggest winner at this year’s Olivier Awards. Johan Persson

What the film industry could learn about women from Chimerica’s success

In 1951, screen star turned director Ida Lupino wrote: Women, according to these stalwart defenders of male superiority, may not be film musical directors, cameramen, set designers, composers, assistant…
We prefer experimenting on our food, rather than cooking it. We prefer experimenting on our food, rather than cooking it. Neil Munns/PA Archive

Girls are kept out of science jobs by unhelpful stereotypes

The number of girls taking A-level physics has remained stagnant for the past 20 years or more, and the UK has the lowest proportion of female engineers in the EU. Progress on gender equality in science…
This is a stock image of a happy female academic. She hasn’t realised she isn’t likely to make professor. This is a stock image of a happy female academic. She hasn’t realised she isn’t likely to make professor. Image sourced from www.shutterstock.com

Stereotypes of women and work leave academics out of the picture

In a clever marketing move, Facebook’s finance chief Sheryl Sandberg and stock photography supplier Getty Images recently released a series of photos which represented women in “more empowering ways…
Cathy Foley reflects on her time as Woman of the Year. Cathy Foley reflects on her time as Woman of the Year. CSIRO

Women can help bridge the ‘valley of death’ in science innovation

As International Women’s Day approaches on March 8 and my time as NSW Premier’s Woman of the Year draws to a close, I have been thinking about diversity in the workplace, and in particular, the relationship…
Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s free market, small government leaning overlooks the real issue of social inequality. Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s free market, small government leaning overlooks the real issue of social inequality. Lukas Coch/AAP

Why Abbott can’t delete ‘society’ from his economic growth script

Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s address to the World Economic Forum in January delivered a plain, pragmatic message. The best remedy for the uneven recovery of the world economy, according to Abbott, is a…
Obama promises to address inequality through his executive powers if the US Congress won’t. Obama promises to address inequality through his executive powers if the US Congress won’t. EPA/Larry Downing

Obama’s year of action on inequality couldn’t come soon enough

US President Barack Obama is preparing to move on inequality after several long years of frustrated reform, if we are to believe his State of the Union address. This year, according to Obama, is a “year…
Companies should make a greater effort to include data on gender inequality in sustainability reports. Companies should make a greater effort to include data on gender inequality in sustainability reports. Image from www.shutterstock.com

Data is key to tackling sexism in the workplace and beyond

Violence against women, rape, bungling of rape cases, sexism at work and in leadership are prominent topics in news headlines. Such crimes and injustices are borne out of cultures that tolerate them. Poor…
The treatment of Quvenzhané Wallis at this year’s Oscars highlights prejudices that still exist in Hollywood. The treatment of Quvenzhané Wallis at this year’s Oscars highlights prejudices that still exist in Hollywood. Michael Nelson/EPA

Quvenzhané Wallis, race and misogyny at the Oscars

Young actress Quvenzhané Wallis was one of many women subjected to derogatory misogynist “jokes” during this year’s Academy Awards ceremony. Those directed at her were particularly vicious. When the satirical…
Women will now have access to information about the equality practices of prospective employers. Women will now have access to information about the equality practices of prospective employers. AAP/Julian Smith

Gender equality act won’t fix discrimination, but it will make employers accountable

We’ve all seen the reports of studies demonstrating women’s inequality at work. It is well established that women are disproportionately under-represented in higher paid positions and industries, and that…
Julia Gillard’s speech to Tony Abbott put the issue of entrenched gender inequality squarely on the agenda. Julia Gillard’s speech to Tony Abbott put the issue of entrenched gender inequality squarely on the agenda. AAP

Gender equality is stymied by the persistent myth of merit

When Tony Abbott discussed the fallout from Peter Slipper’s resignation on ABC 24, he argued that he would rather that women were judged on what their actions are, rather than on the basis of their gender…

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