New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern wore a headscarf to comfort mourning family members after the Christchurch mosque shootings.
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After the Christchurch mosque shootings, New Zealand's prime minister didn't start a war on terror. She covered her head, cried, paid for funerals and passed gun control. Is it because she's a woman?
Women Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Canada last year.
South Africa has a long history of women at the helm of its foreign affairs ministry but this hasn't translated into a gender balanced foreign policy environment
Ethiopian President Sahle-Work Zewde (left) and Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.
Women in Ethiopia are shaking the foundations of the country's political framework by taking on powerful positions.
Congolese women march to government offices in the Bunia, Eastern DRC to mark International Women’s Day.
Women in the DRC are much more than victims of violence and coming together to effect change.
An Egyptian anti-government activist kisses a riot police officer following clashes in Cairo, Egypt.
Activists often face intransigent regimes and ruthless warlords. But women can use traditional insights into femininity and motherhood for political mobilisation and resistance.
The words we use to describe male and female leaders are a good guide to our deeply held sexist assumptions.
Do we grade our candidates on the same level?
There often appears to be a double standard in how voters and pundits evaluate the candidates. Being perceived as a leader may have a lot to do with it.
The stronger the better?
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The ability to acknowledge and display vulnerability is well-known hallmark of strong leadership. Why do we still reject it when we see it?
Can we generalize about leadership style based on gender?
Studies can't predict an individual's behavior. But meta-analyses of social science research turn up differences in men's versus women's leadership styles, on average.
Women still need male champions.
David Morrison being unofficially anointed a "Warrior for Women", reflects the belief that women need male champions in order to succeed.
Women are the key to encouraging more female academics to seek promotions.
Men outnumber women almost two-to one in senior academic positions in Australia's universities. But there is a way that female academics can play a vital role in bridging that gap.
Seems a long way away, doesn’t it?
Staggeringly slow progress keeps women out of power and out of the top jobs.
Wonder where your award is?
Instead of award ceremonies for high achievers, let's recognise the women struggling to get by at work.
Stale, male and pale.
There are many different ways to try to boost numbers -- but they all require at least some effort.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott confers with his chief of staff, Peta Credlin, during question time.
Peta Credlin is in the classic "double bind" of all women in power: if they take charge, they transgress the gendered expectations that "female qualities" are best suited to a supporting role.
Takin’ it to the streets.
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An admission: last year I wore a bubblegum pink t-shirt. The occasion? Cancer Research’s Race for Life. If I told you that I only ever wear black and grey, you might be rather surprised. Indeed, I have…
A rarity for university vice-chancellors.
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Only 20.1% of university vice-chancellor and principals are women, according to a new report from the Equality Challenge Unit. This wide gender gap at the top of universities makes it all the more vital…
Gail Kelly leaves Westpac with women holding 45% of senior leadership roles in the bank.
The announcement of Gail Kelly’s departure as Westpac chief executive is a real and symbolic loss for women, many of whom see her as a role model. Women in Australia now make up just 3% of CEO roles in…
A Fijian election officer shows a ballot to scrutineers at the 2006 election. Last month’s election resulted in a stronger vote for female MPs.
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In a region that has long had the worst representation of women in politics in the world, Fiji’s recent election delivered some good news: one in seven Fijian MPs are women, while the parliament now has…
The proportion of women in the Australian news media has grown, but in general men still rule the newsrooms.
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As I write this I can hear a clique of blokes guffawing at morning news conference. Not a woman at the table … We are marginalised and excluded by the blokes’ club because admitting women would change…