The problem with quotas for women on boards and why they won’t work

Seems everyone is now weighing in on the quotas debate with our Governor General, Quentin Bryce becoming one of the latest champions for mandatory female representation on boards.  As I’ve said before, I’m a supporter of quotas largely because it’s time.  But even I don’t believe – in the short term – they will have a material impact […]

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Some food for thought – and facts – about gender balance, and the working conditions that drive women out of Engineering

Despite the many initiatives aimed at attracting more women to the engineering profession, a recent study has found that it’s the working conditions that are driving women away.  Of the 30% of female U.S. engineering graduates who worked as engineers but later quit the field, nearly halfsaid they left because of working conditions, too much travel, lack of […]

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Are we equals? “Until the answer is yes, we must never stop asking”

In last week’s celebration of the centenary of International Women’s Day, I heard a lot of comments from men and women about why we even need a day to reflect on the contribution that women make to our community, workplaces and economies.  I listened patiently to the satirical talkback on ABC radio mocking the call […]

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Work Life Balance: what does it mean for you?

I’ve been pondering this idea of work life balance.  Quite a bit lately, as a matter of fact, in another effort to understand what the link might be to getting and keeping more women in leadership roles.  And the more I think about it, the more it makes me think… I want to have a […]

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Happy International Women’s Day and why well behaved women rarely make history!

Last Friday at the UN Breakfast celebrating 100 years of International Women’s Day I sat next to Rachel who keeps this pin inside her handbag and it stuck in my mind as I listened to the guest speaker Justice Unity Dow, and again last night as I watched a special screening of Made in Dagenham: Whether it […]

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Anyone for a fun night out at the Movies in Sydney this Monday? Just $25 – and supporting Fitted For Work

Are you up for a challenge, and a bit of fun too?  If so, the team at the Fitted for Work Fashion Challenge would love you to come along to a movie night at the Dendy Circular Quay for a special pre-IWD screening of Made In Dagenham. At the same time you’ll be supporting Fitted for Work and […]

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