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By Catherine Fox

ISBN-10: 1742241174

ISBN-13: 9781742241173

Being a girl, elevating youngsters, succeeding in a management position and dwelling a whole lifestyles continues to be a tall order in glossy Australia for those who do not take place to be impressive. Being a girl on a board, working an ASX most sensible –listed corporation, or working a central authority division continues to be an exception instead of the norm. regardless of the growth made in the direction of a fairer office, within the dialogue concerning the loss of ladies on forums or the scale of the distance among males and women's pay, drained excuses are recycled. Catherine Fox labels those the seven myths approximately ladies and paintings.

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They don’t want to call it gender so they call it diversity because it is more acceptable. The two issues that carry across borders are gender and [workplace] culture . You can’t do race [discrimination] in the same way, it has to be national. The senior business teams that Wittenberg-Cox works with usually have blind spots when it comes to gender bias: Most are convinced they work in a meritocracy and make assumptions about what’s going on. And many companies are well intentioned and put in policies and benchmarking to fix the women, networks and coaching and mentoring, and it hasn’t delivered anything.

When they do, it usually has a profound impact – and they are very often amazed to discover how uncomfortable it can be. And many women buy into the idea of a male style of merit too, she added. The result is that many companies only promote women who adopt male styles that can then be recognized as ‘talent’. This then creates a negative cycle where younger women are demotivated by the inauthentic, adaptive women held up to them as role models. They quit (physically or intellectually), often citing ‘personal reasons,’ and then companies complain about a retention problem.

Often the focus of the column is on career issues, the professions or the debate around such practical issues as tax deductibility of childcare fees. These are sometimes labelled middle-class welfare concerns that are of less importance than those problems facing low income and casual workers, and women living in developing countries. I think that view needs to be rebutted upfront, mainly because it is a tactic to make women give up and shut up, and it doesn’t make sense. After all, if we give up our middle-class fight the result will be middle-class white men retaining the power and status, which is hardly going to lift women out of poverty in the developing world.

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