Do women really need help to progress?

  • DeakinCo.
  • 18 June 2018

In June DeakinCo. hosted an event with Anneli Blundell to launch her white paper, “Do women need help to progress? A practical look at five invisible forces that shape women in leadership.”

Gender equality is a tricky topic. Organisations and leaders know the conversation is important but healthy discussion can be mired by political correctness, kneejerk responses or a hesitancy to engage at all.

It’s time to talk about this issue. It’s time to review the data, share the research and encourage robust discussions that lead to real action.

This white paper explores the issue of gender equality in the working world by looking at the five invisible forces that shape women in leadership:

1. The system is stuck: Bias, babies and boys’ clubs
2. Social backlash and double-binds: Women are damned if they do and damned if they don’t
3. Waiting for permission, perfection and a tap on the shoulder
4. Women against women: The enemy within
5. Men don’t feel the effects: How power blinds us

It is a paper without blame and without favour, that takes a practical look at women in the workforce and offers points for discussion that seek to open up perspectives, challenge assumptions and draw us all in to an active stance on moving the needle forward.

Watch Anneli’s presentation.