After a successful launch at Old Parliament House last night, we’re delighted to announce that we at the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation have flung open our doors and we’re ready to get down to work.
Today, we’re bringing you a brief recap of one of the highlights of the evening – a rousing, charming and inspiring speech by the Foundation’s Patron, Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO.
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Members of the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation Advisory Council and Steering Committee (L to R): Emeritus Professor Meredith Edwards AM, Ms Menna Rawlings CMG, Dr Martin Parkinson AC PSM, Adjunct Professor Virginia Haussegger AM, Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO, Professor Mark Evans, Ms Natasha Stott Despoja AM, Dr Gordon de Brouwer PSM, Adjunct Professor Carmel Mcgregor PSM, Ms Jane Halton AO PSM, Dr Helen Sykes AM.
But it is what is behind the numbers that matters even more: ‘Women bring a depth of wisdom and skill to public service, along with experience that cannot be underestimated’.
Dame Quentin disclosed that she was disappointed to hear that often the discussion around women and leadership centres on gender differences, as if this accounts for the poor representation of women in leadership ranks. She believed difference is not the culprit – outdated thinking is.
‘Women bring some different talents, experience and insights to the meeting table, but these differences make the talent pool deeper, richer, and the thinking broader. And goodness knows, public leadership needs that now, more than ever’.
Remarking that ‘increasing the representation of women in public leadership and key decision making roles is not about fairness, she went on to say that it is not about ‘equity economics’ either, despite the increasingly strong business case. ‘Rather, increasing the rate and representation of women is about future proofing our nation’.