Gender Equality

Balance for Better – International Women’s Day 2019 – Women in Business Article

The theme for 2019 International Women’s Day (IWD) is Balance for Better. This is a theme that resonates strongly with me from many angles which is why I am passionate about sharing my thoughts as the key note speaker at AusIMM’s inaugural IWD lunch events in Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, on 6, 7 and 8th March 2019. Balance in Leadership The business case is clear. Research says 30% of women on the Board of Directors is the proportion when critical…

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Female Leader, Michelle Redfern, Founder Advancing Women – Women in Business Article

In 2016 Michelle Redfern made the risky leap from corporate executive to entrepreneur, founding Advancing Women with the mission to improve gender diversity in the business and sporting arenas. She has carefully curated a diverse portfolio career, which includes: Founder of Women Who Get It (WWGI), a professional women’s networking group; Co-Founder of Culturally Diverse Workforces, a social enterprise committed to advancing cultural diversity in Australia’s senior leadership ranks; and Non-Executive Board Director roles with Good Shepherd Microfinance and Williamstown…

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Are Women to Blame for Gender Pay Gap In The Gig Economy? – Women in Business Article

This is concerning because the gig economy is a place where we have 100% autonomy on how much we charge for our work. With no outside restrictions, we are completely free to decide how high to set the value for our skills. This makes the question “Is there a wage gap in freelancing?” extremely important, because it shows us a key factor on why women are traditionally underpaid compared to men. “Gig economy” is a term referring to freelancers and…

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Gender Equality Services: The Advancing Woman Way – Wonen in Business Article

Advancing Women is an Australian based, globally focussed enterprise providing research, consulting and advisory services on equality, inclusion and gender diversity, in sport and in business. What Problem Are We Solving? Australia is a wealthy, developed country which has had positive economic outcomes for more than 2 decades, bucking the global trend. Yet, outcomes for women in Australia across many measures simply do not stack up positively in comparison: 86% of Australian companies are chaired by men 83% of Australian companies…

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Femeconomy Retail Gender Equality Progress Report January 2019 – Women in Business Article

Last week, we updated our brand directory. It’s an informative process of reviewing each record against our criteria, re-researching each brand’s leadership composition, and amending our website directory to reflect any changes. Over 890 brands meet our criteria. When we started Femeconomy it was just over 700. It is important to communicate and celebrate the positive progress that companies are making towards gender equality. There were also a few who unfortunately lost ground and slid backwards. Most changes resulted…

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Busting the Barriers for Women in Sport – Women in Business Article

“Despite the many social and organisational benefits of advancing women in leadership within the sporting sector, Australian sporting clubs and organisations have been slow to catch on. Why? The sporting sector faces a number of cultural and structural barriers that affect women’s aspirations and opportunities for promotion or employment within the sporting sector.  Cultural barriers to gender equality come in the form of social attitudes, practices and beliefs that reinforce ideas about what men and women should and shouldn’t do.…

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Have you ever felt stuck? – Women in Business Article

I had a WTF moment a few years back. It was just after the Christmas break. I had gone back to work for an organisation that I had been (happily) employed by for 15 years. I was managing the tail end of a restructure and I had managed to restructure myself out of a job. Prior to Christmas, I was secure in the knowledge that I would be OK, something would come up and everything would shuffle along nicely. Just…

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The Femeconomy Network – breaking down the tall poppy syndrome – Women in Business Article

Australia’s Tall Poppy Syndrome is impacting women’s path to leadership. Business advisors regularly talk about the benefits of building a personal brand. Yet, when some women do, they are told they’re conceited. Some women don’t want to talk about the awards they have won. Others have experienced negative reactions from friends when they have been in the media. This results in women playing down their career achievements to reduce the negative repercussions from people in their network – colleagues, friends,…

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We’re All Biased. And That’s a Fact. – Women in Business Article

Queue lots of you reading this to recoil and say ‘No I am NOT!’. I’ve got news for you folks, we all are. Much is being made of the role of unconscious bias training, in the wake of, well – a lot of narratives – decrying the lack of diversity and particularly gender equality. Of course, this isn’t new news, but rather an ongoing recognition of age-old norms and accepted cultural stereotypes – which no one person is responsible for,…

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