The theme of International Women’s Day 2019 was #BalanceforBetter, a call to action for driving gender balance across the world. Here at Futures, we’re celebrating by reading the excellent work of women academics, and their insights on the multi-faceted topic of gender equality.
As a woman working in the environmental sciences, it was always obvious to me that most of my colleagues are men. This tended to focus my attention on surviving in a field in which I automatically contribute to diversity just by being there.
Recently though I stopped to consider what I could do to support diversity. For the first time, I thought seriously about how my own choices were influencing gender balance.
Despite modest improvements, construction remains Australia’s most male-dominated industry with the lowest representation of women of all industry sectors. At every career stage – recruitment, retention and progression – men vastly outnumber women.
The report “Why Would I Want to do That for a Career?”, was commissioned in 2018 by the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) as part of a $20,000 scholarship to Dr Phillippa Carnemolla, sponsored by CULT design.
Over the one-year study, Dr Carnemolla investigated perceptions of the construction industry by examining existing research, interviewing female high school students, and analysing UTS enrolment data for the Bachelor of Construction Project Management.
Every time I teach the law of sexual assault, I brace myself. I teach a lot of tough and gory material: war crimes, genocide, torture, murder. But, as a lecturer who habitually makes the effort to read the room, I’m always struck by how many of my students are personally invested in what I have to teach them about the law of sexual assault.
The wide eyes, the furrowed brows, the shuffling in seats and the insistent, sophisticated requests for clarification: these can’t all be symptoms of my students’ discomfort with the sudden shift to explicit sex-talk in the classroom (although, let’s be real, it’s a factor).
Taken as a whole, these observations tell me that I’m not just teaching my students about abstract legal principles. I’m offering them a vocabulary for framing their own intimate encounters and for making sense of the stories they’ve been told by others.
Since mid-last year, Wall Street investors in sensitive industries have been insisting on so-called “Weinstein clauses”, that allow them to claw back their money if revelations of inappropriate behaviour damage the business.
It’s a mere part of something bigger, called gender lens investing, that goes way beyond the earlier concept of pink washing.
By Associate Professor Danielle Logue from the Management Discipline Group, and Dr Gillian McAllister, Senior Research Analyst in the Centre for Business and Social Innovation. Read the full article here.
International Women’s Day aims to celebrate the progress of women towards equal social, economic and human rights. Each year we hope things are a little bit better than last year, at least a little bit different. The problem is that as far as the Australian workplace is concerned, everything looks all too familiar.
If we rewind to 8 March 2018, what did the world look like? Specifically, what did the world look like for women? Was it much different to today? Sadly the statistics tell us that little has changed.
Around Twitter on IWD 2019
Happy #InternationalWomensDay! What better way to celebrate than to show women supporting women in business 🙌.
@UTS_Business and @UTSStartups founder, @VanouhiN spoke to @ACurrentAffair9 about her startup @Kindershare1, giving new life to recycled baby equipment. #IWD2019 pic.twitter.com/pIZclpDG0c
— UTS Startups (@UTSStartups) March 8, 2019
How lucky are we at @UTSEngage? Had a great keynote from @JaneTribune today for #IWD2019 – we talked about creating real change & mobilising a community of active and ethical bystanders. #BystanderAction #RespectNowAlways @maddielucre @AndDeft @UTSSocialImpact pic.twitter.com/JnojIQxNXa
— Verity Firth (@VerityFirth) March 8, 2019
Today is #InternationalWomensDay! The future is exciting. The theme for this year is #BalanceforBetter. Let's build a gender-balanced world together. Take a pic and strike the #BalanceforBetter pose, just like the #UTSLXlab team! #IWD2019 pic.twitter.com/8tRX7qxabU
— UTSfutures (@UTSfutures) March 8, 2019