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Week of May 15th, 2017

Welcome to our news, research & resources round-up, where consultant Hannah E. Lawson shares the latest collection of news relevant to gender, diversity & inclusion in Australia and the World.

French President Macron unveils gender-balanced cabinet – Business Standard 

The newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron appointed his first cabinet, with women filling half of the 22 positions. It is unveiled two days after he chose a prime minister from the conservative Republicans party, Edouard Philippe. The 22-member cabinet comprises 11 men and 11 women, and includes representatives from all political lines apart from the far-right National Front. Heavy weight posts like Defense and Labor went to women. Sylvie Goulard became the Defence Minister, while Murielle Penicaud took the Labor office. Olympic fencing champion Laura Flessel became the Sports Minister. The distinct gender even Cabinet granted offices like Health, Culture, Agriculture, Education and Digital Affairs to women. Read More

Is it true that job adverts push women to opt out? – Women’s Agenda 

Men will apply for a job if they meet 60% of the hiring criteria, while women will only do so if they get to 100% (or at least somewhere close to it). At least that’s according to comments at workplace gender diversity events and discussions. This is limiting the pool of first round female candidates available for certain positions before the interviewing process even begins. But where’s the evidence that this is happening? Where are the studies that can claim this is a major trend that’s occurring? And is the problem, if there is a problem, that women lack confidence? Read More

The gender pay gap is hurting productivity – The Conversation

Narrowing the wage gap between men and women would not only deliver equal income, but boost Australia’s long-term productivity,  research shows. Government data shows that the gender pay gap for full-time employees, across all industries and occupations is 23.1%. This means, on average, that women earn A$26,853 less per year than men. Looking at the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ average weekly ordinary time earnings (AWOTE) data from 1986 to 2013, and controlling for other factors that affect labour productivity; all else being equal,  gender income inequality adversely affects productivity. In fact, a 10% reduction in gender income inequality can boost labour productivity by up to 3%. Put another way, eliminating Australia’s existing gender wage gap would lift long-term labour productivity growth by 5.7%. Read More

Defence recognised for Indigenous procurement leadership – The Mandarin

The head of the Department of Defence procurement group says a recent award for supporting the Indigenous business sector came from a team effort, and everyone who contributed can be proud. Defence won a Supplier Diversity Award from Supply Nation, which encourages large organisations to buy from the suppliers it certifies as having either 50% or 51% Indigenous ownership, at the organisation’s recent Connect 17 conference. The gong recognises the department as “government member of the year” on Supply Nation’s list of big buyers. Kim Gillis, the deputy secretary who leads the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group, gave a nod to all staff involved for “their continued commitment to progressing the Indigenous Procurement Policy” in a short missive yesterday. Read More

Stay-at-home fathers do less childcare than working mothers, research shows – Sydney Morning Herald 

Stay-at-home dads remain relatively rare in Australia, and even these men spend slightly less time on child care than their working wives, new research shows. The study by the Australian Institute of Family Studies also shows the stay-at- home dads take on only slightly more housework than mums working a 35-hour week. The research found that stay-at-home dad arrangements made up four per cent, or 75,000, of the two-parent, heterosexual families in Australia, while stay-at- home mums accounted for 31 per cent. Stay-at-home dads and working mothers spent 19 and 21 hours a week on child care, respectively. When it came to housework, these fathers did 28 hours and working mums 23. Read More

Just 5 per cent of CEOs in ASX200-listed companies are women – SBS 

While the conversation about gender diversity in the workforce has stepped up in recent years, it seems not enough is being done about closing the gap, especially at senior levels. Boston Consulting Group analysis found while there’s a 55-45 male-female split in the total workforce that gap widens as we go up the ladder. Only 30 per cent of senior managers are female, 22 per cent are represented on company boards, and just 5 per cent are CEOs of Australia’s 200 largest ASX-listed companies. There are currently nine female CEOs at ASX200 companies, but soon it will be eight when Deborah Thomas steps down from Ardent Leisure and is set to be replaced by a man. Read More


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