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Week of October 31st, 2016




Welcome to our weekly 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.


High Performing Boards: The whole is greater than the sum of its parts – Deloitte 

Deloitte was commissioned by the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, Officer for Women and Domestic Violence Reform to investigate the value of gender parity on boards in Queensland, Australia. The commissioned work builds on the Government’s target to have 50/50 representation on Queensland boards by 2020. Released in October 2016, the ‘Toward Gender Parity: Women on Boards Initiative’ Report draws together the research that was conducted, including a literature review, quantitative economic analysis and survey data. The key findings are, essentially, that there are positive economic impacts associated with achieving gender parity, and it is the presence of diversity and inclusion that will deliver these benefits. Read More

HR Can’t Change Company Culture by Itself – Harvard Business Review 

The best leaders ask, “Who do we need to be (culture) in order to achieve what we’re trying to do (strategic goals)?” But there’s one barrier that holds many organisations back from genuine and successful culture change: ownership. The first question to ask when culture change is on the horizon should not be, “How do we go about this?” but rather, “Who owns this?” While culture change can be an important and exciting project for HR, making it HR’s sole responsibility doesn’t work out as anyone had hoped. Too often, it devolves into a transactional “box-ticking” exercise. True culture change means altering the way the organisation lives and breathes. It shapes the way people make decisions, get their work done, what they prioritise, and how they interact with colleagues, clients, and customers. It is really only successful and powerful when business leaders see it as their responsibility, and see HR as a resource for helping them achieve it. Read More

ACT achieves ‘first ever female majority’ in parliament as ninth Assembly sworn in – Canberra Times

A record proportion of women have been sworn in to the ACT’s Legislative Assembly, representing the first female parliamentary majority in Australia’s political history. Thirteen women from all three parties took their place in the ACT Legislative Assembly, presenting the first ever female majority for an Australian parliament. Chief Minister Andrew Barr noted the significance of the moment in his first statement to the ninth Legislative Assembly. “It should be acknowledged and celebrated that this is the first time in Australian political history that a parliament has more women than men. This represents another first for the ACT, something that we can all be proud of,” he said. “By reflecting the diversity of our community I’m confident that together we can serve them better.” Read More

 Gender Equality Is Making Men Feel Discriminated Against – Harvard Business Review 

Men in the United States are increasingly more likely to say that they are being victimised by gender discrimination. In a 2016 study, 1 out of 3 men say they face substantial discrimination, and 2 out of 3 say they face at least a little. This number has grown significantly amongst Republicans and Independents since the last Presidential election. How do these feelings impact political preferences? There is a strong correlation between the number of Independent and Republican men who support Donald Trump and the number in those groups who say they face discrimination. Controlling for other factors, the more discriminated against men feel, the less warmly they feel towards Hilary Clinton. Why do men feel more victimised? One reason researchers have identified is that men in the United States are more likely to see gender discrimination as a zero-sum game, in other words, they see women catching up, and feel that they themselves must be falling behind. Watch here

Here’s the big reason men are being paid more than women – Women’s Agenda 

Australia’s 16.2% gender pay gap can be attributed back to many factors, but outright sex discrimination is still the leading cause. That’s according to a new study by KPMG Australia that looks at a range of factors contributing to the gap including educational attainment, experience and tenure, skills and time out of the workforce. Gender based discrimination is not only the leading cause of the pay gap, but one that’s contribution is actually increasing over time, rising from accounting for 35% of the gap in 2009 to 38% in 2016. The report, She’s Price(d)less: The Economics of the Gender Pay Gap was prepared for the Diversity Council Australia (DCA) and the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA). It also includes a range of “tactical improvement opportunities” businesses of all sizes can use to address the problem. It builds on a 2009 study by KPMG based on 2007 Household Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey, by using 2014 HILDA data. Read More