Significance of the gender divide in financial services in 2014

The value or importance of cultural change continues to be perceived in starkly di erent ways by male and female respondents.
For women, it is the primary issue to be addressed by the industry to encourage greater participation, consistent with the 2012 and 2010 surveys.
In responses to the open-ended questions at the end of this survey report, cultural change is often linked, or seen as a component part of, other policy measures such as workplace exibility or access to childcare.
“The culture needs to change to allow men to take up more exible work options — until workplace practice sees men as the norm in working exibly too, women will always remain at a disadvantage.”

Australian Human Rights Commission and Universities Australia launch national sexual assault survey

A nation-wide survey to assess the extent of sexual assault and sexual harassment of university students is launched today by the Australian Human Rights Commission and Universities Australia.

A representative sample of students from Australia’s 39 universities will be asked to participate in the survey, which is supported by the National Union of Students and the National Tertiary Education Union.

Mates over Merit: The Women in Media Report

“Progress towards equality for women in media is disappointingly slow,” Tracey Spicer, national convenor of Women in Media, said. “While there are more women than ever before working in the industry, they still dominate the lower paid, less powerful positions.”

Stereotypes about women’s work, men’s work threaten innovation

The Australian labour market is highly gender-segregated by industry and occupation, a pattern that has persisted over the past two decades.
This paper looks at the features of ‘female-dominated’ and ‘male-dominated’ organisations, while highlighting the unequal distribution of women and men across industries and occupations.
Data is sourced from the Workplace Gender Equality Agency’s (WGEA) dataset (2014-15 reporting period),1 and from the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ (ABS) Labour Force Quarterly Survey (May 1995 and May 2015 periods).2