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Oct 14, 2010

Cox: gender blindness and corporate incompetence

The World Economic Forum released its latest gender-gap rankings this week, with Australia ranked 27th overall. We have fallen from 17th in 2007, despite having a female PM, G-G and two premiers.

The World Economic Forum released its latest gender-gap rankings this week, with Australia ranked 27th overall.  We have fallen from 17th in 2007, despite having a female PM, G-G and two premiers. Our performance is oddly varied: first in educational attainments but 24th for opportunity and employment participation and 37th on political empowerment.

These results suggest, at a minimum, that Australia does not make use of the education and skills of half our population. This set of comparative figures form an interesting backdrop to the current, if belated, debates we are having on why so few women are in senior management and on boards.

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  1. Jenny McFarland

    Many capable and highly skilled women in the labour force are concentrated in poorly-paying dead end jobs and professions. How do you get the sort of structural change in corporations, business and human resources that will provide these women with the opportunity they deserve?

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