Glass ceiling not quite shattered yet report reveals

Fri 26 July 2013

The Institute for Governance is pleased to annouce the release of the timely report, Not Yet 50/50: Barriers to the Progress of Senior Women in the Australian Public Service.

Launched yesterday at Old Parliament House, the report highlights barriers women identifed as preventing them from progressing in the APS as well as the underrepresentation of women currently in senior positions.

Speaking with the PS News, Author Emeritus Professor Edwards commented on interviews with men and women revealing a stark contrast in views on the reasons behind the underrepresentation, with men unlikely to look beyond women’s duties as mothers.

“This is a perception gap crying out for action,” Professor Edwards said.

“What is concerning is that senior men in departments where senior women are poorly represented only identified family-related barriers as preventing the progress of women.Yet the majority of more senior women in those same departments identified several factors.”

A  majority of women interviewed also pointed to exclusion from networks, personal style differences and male stereotyping as well as family-related barriers and a lack of confidence.

The report also explores the idea of women and leadership and the different leadership styles that can impact on a woman's career progression.


The report is now available to download. Please click here for a copy.

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