Or should the question be: In a male-dominated society, how did they manage such momentous and rapid revolution?
After first gaining suffrage, Australian women took more than 120 years to nail the nation’s top jobs – first Governor General; then 17 months later, Prime Minister. What took them so long? Or should the question be: In a male-dominated society, how did they manage such momentous and rapid revolution? Of ASX 200 companies, 12 per cent of Directors and 9 per cent of CEOs and top executives are women. Twenty per cent of Federal Government department heads are women. Although still in a minority, women’s influence is considerable and they’re making gender a distinctive feature in leadership roles and decision making. Is misogyny behind us? Or are there more cultural, attitudinal and behavioural challenges ahead of us as the feminist transition into positions of power continues? Our deeply experienced panel will probe the issues:
Rosa Storelli, a respected, successful then sacked private school headmistress. “New territory” is the way Rosa’s female chairman is reported to have described the evolving environment of female CEO and female chair;
Rebecca Huntley, researcher with a doctorate in gender studies; author of numerous books including The Italian Girl; print, radio and television social commentator; and contributor to BRW and Vogue. Rebecca is Executive Director of The Mind and Mood Report, Australia’s longest running social trends study;
Chris Wallace, journalist, author of a Germaine Greer biography, and deep into researching a biography of Julia Gillard before abandoning the project; and
Judith Brett, political academic and author who has written of the misogyny she sees in current Australian political life.
The discussion will be led by Paul Barclay and recorded for broadcast on Radio National’s “Big Ideas” programs.
Women and Power (Forum)
11.30am Sunday 16 June
Outrigger Little Hastings Street, Resort and Spa
$85 - Forum and Lunch*
$35 - Forum only
$25 - Pensioners and Students
90 minutes – Forum (plus additional 90 minutes Lunch)
* Following Forum event opportunity to join Forum Speaker/s over a 2 course lunch with glass of wine – Numbers limited to 50 people.
Outrigger Little Hastings Street, Resort and Spa, Noosa Heads
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