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Women still have a long way to go to reach parity in the boardroom. Wanlee Prachyapanaprai/iStock via Getty Images

US counties with more civic engagement tend to have more women on local company boards of directors

A study of 3,000 companies found a correlation between local ‘social capital’ – which measures such variables as voter turnout and census response rates – and more women on corporate boards.
Supporters of incumbent president Adama Barrow’s National Peoples Party (NPP) during a campaign rally in Banjul in November 2021. Photo by Guy Peterson/AFP via Getty Images

Why The Gambia should fast-track gender quotas for women

Temporary measures such as legislative gender quotas can increase women’s access to political participation.
There has been sustained criticism of the Liberal Party for its under-representation of women in parliament. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Why a code of conduct may not be enough to change the boys’ club culture in the Liberal Party

What’s needed is strong leadership and sustained public pressure that makes it is harder for political parties to turn a blind eye to sexual harassment and assault.
Liberal women such as those in the Morrison ministry, pictured here, should organise to achieve structural change - the only kind that ever sticks. AAP/Lukas Coch

Quotas are not pretty but they work – Liberal women should insist on them

The Liberal Party is at a crossroad in its history. It must take bold steps to ensure better representation in its ranks by introducing gender quotas.
There are five women in the Turnbull government cabinet, making up just 24% of members. AAP/Mick Tsikas

How the Liberals can fix their gender problem

Setting targets is one way to attain more female MPs, but it must be accompanied by cultural change.
Healthcare workers tend to think that women are better than men at the job and that there is a bias in favour of women. Julian Smith/AAP

Gender quotas can work but it depends on how employees feel about them

The effect of gender quotas on an organisation’s performance depends on employee’s attitude towards quotas, which in turn depends on the labour market environment.
Despite its progressive nature, The Age newspaper has never had a female editor-in-chief. AAP/Mal Fairclough

Why the next editor-in-chief at The Age should be a woman

Women remain systemically underrepresented at the top levels of Australia’s most powerful institutions – including the media, universities, government, judiciary and corporate sector.

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