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All male boardrooms are a thing of the past. Everett Collection via Shutterstock

More women on FTSE 100 boards, but still not enough

The number of women on the boards of FTSE 100 companies has reached 22.8% and 17.4% for FTSE 250 companies according to the latest Women on Boards Interim Report. This is significant progress for gender…
Without data, we don’t know the actual size of sex and gender diverse populations. AAP Image/Daniel Munoz

Norrie’s gender win brings us closer to knowing who we are

The landmark ruling this week by the High Court – that the New South Wales Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages must recognise a third category of non-specific sex in addition to male and female – represents…
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…
Watering down gender equality reporting would mean a data void on progress towards closing the gender gap. UNDP/Flickr

Gender equality reporting is not ‘red tape’

Amid the federal government’s broader agenda to cut red tape, business groups are reportedly lobbying the federal government to weaken legislation requiring companies to report on gender equality measures…
It is time for Australian shareholders to push for more action to combat low female representation at board level. AAP Image/Dean Lewins

Stand by your woman: shareholders should demand more balanced boards

The lone lady in a suit is always a matter of interest, whether on a listed company board or in Tony Abbott’s cabinet. Not only does it seem inequitable that women are underrepresented in these influential…
Sixties style - Mad Men characters Roger Sterling and Don Draper still show men how it’s done in business and politics. AAP

Men at the helm – mad, bad and dangerous to know

Labor may have “ditched the witch”, but does the ejection of Julia Gillard from her seat of power close the book on the debate about sexism that she championed and the role of women in leadership? Our…
Round of golf after lunch, chaps? The 9th Aircraft Engineering Research Conference, 1934. NASA

Women’s contribution to science goes unheard

Even today there are few women graduate students and even fewer women academics, especially in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and maths). Why is this the case, even in 2013, and what…
Civilians rescue an injured worker after the eight-storey Rana Plaza garment factory collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on April 24. AAP

Mind the gap: company disclosure discrepancies not sustainable

The recent decision by two Australian retailers to sign an accord protecting suppliers in Bangladesh has highlighted discrepancies in company disclosure of sustainability issues and the need for clearer…
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…
There may be no causal correlation between a board’s gender diversity and firm performance, but greater female participation does have its benefits. Image from www.shutterstock.com

Sorry, but there’s no business case for gender quotas

There’s support across the globe for increased female participation at leadership levels. In Norway, it’s a legislative requirement that at least 40% of the board members of listed companies are women…

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