Women in Leadership
On 6 June 2013 CEDA will release a
policy perspective on Women and Leadership at an
event in Sydney.
While Australia has made some
progress in getting more women into the workforce and into senior
leadership positions, there is still a long way to go.
Economically, Australia cannot afford to ignore the female
workforce, especially as the nation's productivity remains a key
In 2013 CEDA will explore a
broad range of Women in Leadership issues, including: barriers to
career progression, the gender pay and participation gap, tax
incentives and childcare, workplace diversity, and hidden cultural
and unconscious barriers.
Today, more women graduate
from university than men and continue to perform better
academically. Yet, as of December 2012, the percentage of women on
ASX 200 boards was 15.4 per cent and 52 of the ASX 200 companies
still did not have any women on their boards.
Clearly the gender gap
remains in Australian workplaces and more needs to be done to
ensure women have the same participation choices, remuneration and
career possibilities as their male counterparts.
Understanding the gender gap
will assist businesses to capitalise on the opportunities a more
diverse workplace and talent pool offer, while enabling
organisations and governments to formulate more effective
CEDA's Women in Leadership
Series has been running for three years, with the conversation
spanning a variety of topics including poor female participation in
the workforce, how to move more women into senior roles,
productivity issues, cultural and unconscious bias.
CEDA's 2013 Women in
Leadership research will explore business, economic and
cultural aspects of Women in Leadership, including:
- Barriers to equality of opportunity in the
- Unconscious bias and the consequences to women in the
- Implications of the current tax and transfer system and
its effect on the female participation rate;
- Financial and social outcomes for women;
- The impact of societal expectations and culture on
- Personal experiences of women in the workforce throughout
- Barriers women face to progression into leadership
- Empirical evidence and policies of how to narrow the
gender gap; and
- The business case for diversity and the way forward for
Women in Leadership: Looking
below the surface
In September 2011, Minister for the Status of Women, Kate Ellis
MP, launched CEDA's first Women in Leadership publication in
Melbourne. The publication titled Women in Leadership: Looking
below the surface, examines unconscious bias against women in the
workplace and includes contributions by a range of leaders
including Dr Hannah Pitterman, HPCG and founder of gender Worx.
CEDA's 2013 WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP RESEARCH PROJECT IS
SUPPORTED BY CEDA MEMBERS