Following Julia Gillard’s departure from the leadership role there was much discussion in the media as to what it meant for women.
I share the story of what happened here in my video.
So the comment that was in question from her speech is …….
” Being the first woman Prime Minister of Australia – it does not explain everything about my Prime Ministership …. nor does it say nothing. …. It explains some things” Julia Gillard (former Prime Minister of Australia).
Then she went on to say “what I do say is it will be easier for the next woman, and the one after that and the one after that.”
Will it be easier for the next woman Prime Minister?
The media took varying views on this one and here are some of the comments I heard:
- It will be easier for the next woman Prime Minister
- It will be more difficult for the next woman Prime Minister
- It will make no difference people are not judged on their gender
- It will be a long time before anyone wants another woman
I should say in the main it was female journalists making these comments.
It really did get to me thinking about this topic on a broader scale. Is gender still and issue in the corporate world and in business.
Is Gender an Issue in selecting a leader?
I know that the answer to this question depends where you are living in the world. And even where we enjoy relative equality we see many more CEOs that are men than women.
Is that because women are discriminated against or because they simply do not want to play at that level?
Is there a Glass Ceiling?
Is there still the invisible barriers for women to get ahead in the workforce?
When I graduated as a CPA back in the early 80’s I was one of only a handful of women. Over thirty years on from that time we now see many woman in that field. But in Australia at least there are not very many women who become partners in Accounting firms. Is that by choice or is it because of a glass ceiling?
I always believed I could do anything that my male colleagues could do. I never felt a glass ceiling – ever! I felt inadequate at times but not because I was a woman, more because I thought I did not know enough. Mainly though I felt I could achieve what the men did.
I never worked for huge Corporates so maybe it is different there but truly I believed nothing could stop me if I wanted something.
I would love to hear your feedback – from both men and women. What do you think this will mean for future women in politics in Australia? ( and how is it in your country?) Do you believe a glass ceiling still exists? What has been your experience in the work force?
Leave me your feedback and make it a great week.