This TED talk is a couple years old now but still worth a listen. COO of Facebook Sheryl Sandberg after giving this talk wrote ‘Lean In’ a best seller discussing women and the workforce. Sheryl in her book and TED talk acknowledges the cultural bias against women and the sexism they confront in the workforce particularly when they take up leadership position. Her answer challenge the gender bias by talking about it openly and acting in deviance of the guilt, social norms and family/ community expectations that can hold women back.
Organisations need to work harder to address their work practices and remove ‘unconscious bias’ against women employees, according to Westpac’s Chief Executive of Australian Financial Services, Brian Hartzer.
One women in 20 in the new coalition cabinet has been very disappointing for many women including many within the Liberal Party. The Coalition cabinet also raises issues such as what is merit and who decides who has merit. Lets keep the conversation going .