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Not yet 50/50: Barriers to the progress of senior women in the APS

The scientific case for gender equality in the workplace has been won. The evidence is clear: there are no significant differences in cognition that give males an advantage. The economic case is also clear: more women and more diversity in leadership is good for organisational outcomes. However, the social case is less clear: perceptions and expectations are far stronger indicators than objectively measured differences between men and women.

The statistical evidence is compelling: women are generally under-represented in senior positions in the APS and this under-representation is compounded in traditional male domains of activity.

The Not yet 50/50: Barriers to the Progress of Senior Women in the APS report from the University of Canberra's (UC) ANZSOG Institute for Governance looked at barriers to women’s career progression across several departments.

A video of the event launching this report is available on the UC YouTube channel.

Updated:  7 November, 2012/Responsible Officer:  Convenor, Gender Institute/Page Contact:  Web manager, Gender Institute