6. October 2010 15:47
The results of the 2010 Australian Census of Women in Leadership have been released by EOWA (Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency).
They reveal that only 8.4% of board directors of ASX 200 companies are women. This represents a slight increase on the 2008 level — 8.3%. If representation continues to increase at that rate, women will break the 10% barrier in 2042.
As the Minister for the Status of Women, Kate Ellis, has pointed out:
With women holding only 8.4% of board directorships and 8% of Executive Key Management Personnel positions in the ASX 200, it is clear that women are still being largely shut out of senior decision making roles in Australian business. Despite progress on many key indicators, women continue to be dramatically underrepresented in the most senior business positions.
The census also addresses the representation of women in other areas of leadership such as Parliament, the Commonwealth SES, and Australian Government Boards. More information and analysis is available on the EOWA site.