By Catherine Fox
Being a girl, elevating young children, succeeding in a management function and dwelling a whole existence continues to be a tall order in sleek Australia when you do not take place to be remarkable. Being a lady on a board, operating an ASX most sensible –listed corporation, or operating a central authority division is still an exception instead of the norm. regardless of the development made in the direction of a fairer office, within the dialogue in regards to the loss of girls on forums or the scale of the space among males and women's pay, drained excuses are recycled. Catherine Fox labels those the seven myths approximately girls and paintings.
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These myths are perpetuated in the business world because they are comfortable and the way things have operated for decades – indeed, in some cases, for centuries. In fact, it was after hearing a few of them stated with great conviction by a CEO I interviewed for the Financial Review that the 7 myths idea took shape. I realised the conversation had a familiar ring and I’d heard the same old, irritatingly inaccurate excuses for the lack of women in business, the gender pay gap and other problems trotted out time and again by senior executives of both sexes.
Next time you hear the word meritocracy, remember to listen carefully. Do you think your workplace is really an even playing field? Working out why this is not so and what to do to change it may involve some interim pain but has enormous benefits for women, for men and for organisations of all kinds. CASE STUDY: THE PUBLIC SECTOR In 2010 I wrote about a series of programs that transformed the public sector for women. People such as the CEO of Carnival Australia, Ann Sherry; CEO of Korn Ferry, Katie lahey; former Sydney Water boss Kerry Schott; former Victorian Police commissioner Christine Nixon; former Esanda chief and board director Elizabeth Proust, all gained crucial experience and opportunities during a massive shake-up in the public sector in the 1980s and 1990s, which was designed to radically alter its culture.
It’s a grind to be forced to constantly prove your worth and it’s exhausting. No wonder women sometimes ask me if maybe it would be best if we all just put our heads down and got on with it and let someone else with fire in their feminist belly do the agitating. Well, no. As tempting as that sounds it just isn’t going to lead to change and we know that because these myths have survived and even thrived for that exact reason. I have deliberated about the main contenders for myth-busting, and there are quite a few more I could have tackled (women lack confidence, for example, or take too long to make decisions).
7 Myths about Women and Work by Catherine Fox