Australia is falling behind other nations in terms of women in corporate and political leadership positions, a new study shows. The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) on Tuesday released the December Australian Social Trends (AST) study.
Australia lags behind much of the world when it comes to the number of women in business leadership positions. The Randstad Workmonitor Report shows that only 38 per cent of Australians surveyed said that female employees make up at least half of the leadership positions at their current employer.
Why does Tony Abbott have only one woman in his cabinet of 18 men? Why does BHP have only two women on its 12-man board? Why does Australia itself have one of the lowest rates of female company directorships in the world?
When recent focus groups, in places as diverse as Buenos Aires, Tokyo, Sydney and Chicago, were asked to characterise Rotary and Rotarians, their responses included: “Business men”, “elite”, “secretive”, “old”, “wealthy” and “not sure that women are allowed into local clubs”.
They say a poor tradie blames their tools. For more than twenty years we have been trying to close the gender pay gap and establish a strong female talent pipeline. As it turns out, we’ve been using the wrong tools.