Women in Leadership forum sparks debate
Posted : Tuesday, May 29, 2012
SA Opposition Leader, Isobel Redmond's comments on
discrimination at the recent Women in Leadership event in South
Australia have sparked debate.
Asked by a young female local government councillor how she
could deal with discrimination in her new role Ms Redmond said: "In
any new role... listen a lot and rather than making statements, ask
lots of questions, preferably intelligent questions, to try to get
the discussion to go the way you want it to. I don't think there's
much point in confrontation."
Speaking of her own experience early in her career as a junior
clerk working in the Crown Solicitor's Office, Ms Redmond said: "I
think it is easier a lot of the time to just try to ignore the
discrimination and get on with being the best councillor you can
be, or the best whatever it is, and ask intelligent questions and
make gentle suggestions and I think you'll find that gradually the
discrimination will disappear."
On gender targets, Ms Redmond said: "We need to think very
carefully about this idea that gender targets give women a boost up
the corporate ladder.
"When I read that companies with women on boards perform better,
then I think the evidence speaks for itself that it shouldn't be
necessary to have gender targets.
"In modern day Australia when we have a female Prime Minister, a
female Governor General, a female leader of the Opposition in this
state who wants to be Premier... there shouldn't be any longer that
dinosaur generation inhibiting the appointment of females.
"I think we're on a good trajectory it just seems like a long
time...(and) I think the glass ceiling will be shattered."
While Ms Redmond said she does want to become Premier in SA,
it's not for the crown of South Australia's first female
"I want the job because I think we need a better
government...and the fact that I happen to be a female leader is
merely coincidental," she said
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