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The Australian National University

WGEA: Time to tackle segregation in growth industries

Director of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, Libby Lyons, says that “If we are serious about being an innovation nation, we need to start improving gender diversity in industries that will be growth areas in the years to come.”

“Women quite rightly are being encouraged to pursue careers requiring scientific, technical, engineering and mathematics skills, but we should also be encouraging men to pursue careers in female dominated industries such as health care, to help meet the needs of our future population”

In August last year the WGEA released a report on gender segregation in Australia's workforce. In March there will be a Senate Inquiry into the nature and extent of occupational gender segregation in Australian workplaces, examining how it affects the gender pay gap and what remedies can be implemented.