Yes, that is correct – we need quotas for men! As we approach yet another International Women’s Day, and face questions such as:
- “When is International Men’s Day?” to which I usually respond with: “The other 364 days of the year!”
- “Should we have targets, or quotas?”
- “Won’t quotas result in reverse discrimination against men?”
- “Aren’t we risking not selecting people based on merit if we have quotas?”
- “Aren’t most women themselves against quotas?”
I have always found it both perplexing and amusing that the people who have the most to say about feminism, misogyny, sexual harassment and gender discrimination are people who have NEVER experienced it – often men! And they tell you to: “Lighten up and get over it.” I am hugely in favour of experiential learning where you are introduced to the experience in a controlled environment, and have an insight (not the real thing) into what it may feel like.
There are currently a multitude of articles, interviews and conversations taking place in Australia and around the world about greater gender equality. This is a good thing because when we start talking about difficult, challenging topics it means we are thinking about it more, and therefore questioning the status quo.
Though the past four decades have seen significant generational shifts with more women entering the global workforce, we have a long way to go and much needs to be done to advance women to senior leadership roles. The promising news is that the number of women is growing, albeit it in middle management roles rather than at senior levels.
Over the past 5 years more than 200 women have completed my Great Leaders Are Made (GLAM) women’s leadership development program. More than 40% of them have been promoted or received a pay rise within 13 months of completing the program, or have gone on to be offered a more senior role in another organisation with greater responsibilities and remuneration than the previous role.
In my latest book Leadership Revelations III How We Achieve the Gender Tipping Point, I interviewed 91 women from 10 countries, and across four generations, from Veterans to Generation Y, to ascertain the most common myths about women at work that are simply wrong! Here is a summary of those myths, by generation and internationally:
In one of last public appearances as the Chief of Army, Lt General David Morrison has launched Avril's new book in Canberra. He encouraged men to use the book as a way of gaining insight into a world that is often unseen by the male gender. Read the Canberra Times' coverage of the event via this link...Canberra Times May 14
Avril's new book, Leadership Revelations III: How We Achieve the Gender Tipping Point was officially launched by the Chief of the Australia Army, Lt. General David Morrison last night at the headquarters of the ASX.
ASX Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Elmer Funke Kupper and a number of the Male Champions of Change were joined a host of successful women who contributed to the book at a superb function in Sydney. Listen to interviews by ABC's Geraldine Doogue and Sandy Aloisi to hear Avril discuss the key issues that emerged from her extensive research for the book via these links..
Do women really need men to help them get to the top? YES, according to author Avril Henry.
"Men have a vital role to play in sponsoring women to help them to get to the top. Senior male leaders sponsoring women will have the greatest immediate impact on the number of women in senior positions," says Avril.
This was one of the key findings in her new book to be released today, Leadership Revelations III – How We Achieve The Gender Tipping Point and she is not alone in this view.
Listen to Geraldine Doogue's interview with Avril on ABC radio via the following link: Saturday Extra