Women in Leadership: strengthening women's economic security

Women in Leadership: strengthening women's economic security

Jul 6
CEDA returns to Canberra for it's annual Women in Leadership discussion to examine women's economic security and gender inequality in the workforce and in retirement.


Libby Lyons, Director, Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA)
Ian Yates AM, Chief Executive, Council of the Ageing Australia (COTA)
Sawsan Howard, General Manager - Corporate Affairs, Australian Super

Event overview

The Australian gender pay gap persists with men earning 17.9 per cent more than women.

Wealth accumulation for women is slowed by career breaks and a lack of flexible work options on returning to the workforce, streaming women into roles that do not advance their career. Ultimately, the gender pay gap and barriers in the workforce culminates with women retiring with 52.8 per cent less superannuation than men.

Greater attention is required to address the prolonged impacts of the gender pay and superannuation gap to strengthen women’s economic security.

This event will examine:

  • Strengthening women’s participation in the current and future workforce – the role of childcare and workplace flexibility;
  • Initiatives that support women into leadership positions and address the gender pay gap – are they working? and;
  • Addressing inequalities facing women in later years; age-discrimination and the superannuation gap.

Meet the speakers

Libby Lyons
Director, Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA)

Ian Yates AM
Chief Executive, Council of the Ageing Australia (COTA)

Sawsan Howard
General Manager - Corporate Affairs, Australian Super

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