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By Catherine Fox

Being a lady, elevating kids, succeeding in a management function and dwelling an entire lifestyles is still a tall order in sleek Australia should you do not take place to be awesome. Being a girl on a board, operating an ASX most sensible –listed corporation, or working a central authority division is still an exception instead of the norm. regardless of the growth made in the direction of a fairer office, within the dialogue in regards to the loss of ladies on forums or the dimensions 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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That is something that has totally come out of the women’s funding movement. I like to avoid saying ‘women do this and men do that’ but it’s important to have at a high level some difference in the way people operate. At a high level women tend to hand out the money to more organisations at greater rates. While the problems facing women in the developing world were enormous, Disney pointed out that women working for better gender equity in Australian workplaces should never feel that their efforts are trivial or less worthwhile.

I think some of the inertia until recent times has come from the misguided belief that we live in a post-feminist world and ‘all that stuff’ got sorted out, so whatever happens in workplaces now is not about gender but personal choice. The currency of the 7 myths shows this to be far from the truth. Propping up these myths too is an outdated series of workplace practices developed for a male breadwinner model, now well past its use-by date. I’m realistic about challenging these structures and know we can’t transform society and the corporate world quickly by just rebutting the myths.

I have been repeatedly told by senior male executives over many years that they firmly believe everyone in the organisation has had the same opportunities as them, and so they conclude there can’t be anything wrong with the system – it must be the individuals. Cream rises to the top, they tell themselves. No wonder they are not motivated to examine the way the system works or look at the behaviour of those making important decisions. ’ As long as there’s adherence to the idea that merit really does sort out the men from the boys (pun intended), there will be deep-seated scepticism about the existence of a gender equity problem.

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