Women account for 20 per cent of directors on ASX 200 boards and there are reportedly 31 boards in the ASX 200 with no females.
They represent some of Australia’s top companies and believe a united force can help bridge gender equality.
“I was motivated by the moral reason: I want my company to stand for the principle, that no matter who you are, you will not only be tolerated (a word I hate) but celebrated.”Ian Narev, CEO, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, MCC.
Sure, the CEO’s involved admit it’s tough, but at least the issue is on the table, they have started the conversation and want to change the status quo.
Here at Engaging women we believe disrupting the status quo requires courageous leadership from men.
There are foundational steps the Male Champions of Change can take to help women become more visible.
– ENCOURAGE FEMALE EMPLOYEES TO BE BOLD
– HELP WOMEN SHARE THEIR PURPOSE AND THEIR VISION FOR YOUR BUSINESS OR ORGANISATION WITH THE WORLD
– WE NEED TO HEAR FROM MORE WOMEN BECAUSE YOUNGER WOMEN ‘CAN’T BE WHAT THEY CAN’T SEE
So far, former Telstra Chief David Thodey’s initiative to make all roles flexible was bold and has helped changed the nature of conversation across many companies.
We should applaud this action and my pledge as Editor of Engaging Women is to update you on progress going forward.
Let’s do this!
Editor’s note: We’re bringing you Natasha Stott-Despoja very soon, cannot wait to share what she can add to this conversation.