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Celebrating International Women’s Day – fostering leadership in Australia

Today is International Women’s Day, and we’re celebrating the achievements of working women in Australia. Though women in the workforce have made great strides since ratifying the International Labour Organisation’s Convention No. 100 Concerning Equal Remuneration for Men and Women Workers in 1974. Females comprise 46% of the total labour market in Australia. Female participation in work has increased by 50% since 1978. However, only 14 women lead companies listed on the ASX200, and only 23% are on executive leadership teams.

Many groups and industry leaders have taken upon themselves to foster leadership in women who want to reach their potential. We celebrate the groups and encourage women to take advantage of these initiatives bolstering the representation of women in workplaces.

The Women’s Leadership Institute of Australia

The Women’s Leadership Institute of Australia (WILA) is a group dedicated to break the barriers for women and expand the equality of opportunity for female leaders. They provide expertise for women to lift awareness of women’s issues and increase pathways to politics and public leadership.

Women & Leadership Australia (WLA)

The WLA is committed to providing comprehensive and empowering leadership training programs for women not only in Australia, but in New Zealand, Europe, and the USA. They argue women represent an “enormously under-used natural resource” and seeks to develop female leaders and support the increased presence of women in business and community leadership roles. Women can attend events, courses, and shape their success in a way that suits them. WLA runs the Women’s Leadership Symposium and the Australian’s Women’s Leadership Forum.

Committee for Economic Development of Australia

The CEDA has held its successful Women in Leadership events around Australia since 2010. More than 18,000 people have attended these events, seeing over 250 presentations about improving gender equality, gaining insight from thought leaders, and discussing trends in diversity and inclusion within public and corporate life.

The Australian Gender Equality Council

A not-for-profit organisation, the AGEC asks all Australians to “finish what we started over 100 years ago” when it comes to gender equality. The AGEC helps women to achieve gender equality in the workplace through campaigns, advocacy, and research, driving a cultural change to ensure women and men have the same rights and opportunities in all facets of daily life. The AGEC holds programs and events for women of all ages to raise awareness of gender inequality.

30% Club Australia

Launched in 2015, the 30% Club is a not-for-profit advocacy group tasked with campaigning on behalf of women to comprise 30% of all corporate boards in the ASX200. Leading by example through partnerships and education, the 30% Club aims to recommend ways to improve the appointment of female directors and highlight board practices that may be outdated today.