Feb 26, 2014

Stop talking about gender diversity and actually hire women

Women are still woefully underrepresented on Australian boards and at the top Australian companies. Women's Agenda's Georgina Dent says the solution isn't a best-practice resources kit -- it's hiring women.

In 1993 American executive Bob Joss arrived in Australia to head up Westpac. Ann Sherry, the chief executive of Carnival Australia, who worked for Westpac at the time, clearly remembers one of his first questions. “Where are all the women?” Having spotted a problem, he didn’t spend too long deliberating over a solution.

“What he did was say to everyone on his executive, ‘The next job you hire for in your team, find a woman’,” Sherry told Crikey sister publication Women’s Agenda. “And amazingly, they did! Women were found.”

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