Today's Agenda: A world where half of all CEOs are female? Imagine that

Today’s Agenda: A world where half of all CEOs are female? Imagine that

The Economist has published from the year 2069, and half of all global CEOs are female! Plus Kate Jenkins officially opens submission for the National Inquiry into workplace sexual harassment while US officials are opposing breastfeeding? 

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A world in which half of all global CEOs are female? Imagine that…

And this piece from The Economist does.

Dated as being published in the year 2069, it shares just how the world finally reached the impressive milestone, documenting the changes made along the way.

The world has come a long way by the late 2060s. In 2018, just 7% of government leaders are female, with women making up 15% of board members and 3% of chief executives.

But the piece says that it was in 2018 that “several different forces converged” leading to significant change and highlighting one key problem: unequal access to power.

The piece predicts that by 2069 flexible work will simply be the norm, while there will have been widespread deconstruction of structural and unconscious biases favouring men as leaders.

Meanwhile, quality child care and early education will be mostly free!

And internationally, parents are taking leave equally, and women are not being penalised for it.

However the authors do note that a significant milestone occurred in the year 2021, following a successful class action against a prominent law firm called Blokes&Partners, which was found to be discriminating against women when it came to promotions.

The above predictions are really not that difficult to imagine, and not at all beyond our reach.

But still, what a world to imagine. Check it out here.

World is watching as submissions open

Australia’s Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins has officially opened submissions for the National Inquiry into workplace sexual harassment.

Commissioner Jenkins has called it a “first of its kind in the world”, noting that there is an enormous interest internationally in the work they are doing.

The National Inquiry will last 12 months and aims to explore the drivers of sexual harassment in the workplace.

The AHRC’s press statement is here. The Women’s Agenda team recently spoke about it on our podcast.

An amazing list of 50 inspiring women

It’s NAIDOC week, celebrating the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

And as such we’ll be profiling some incredible women in line with this year’s theme ‘Because of Her, We can’.

Read our profile here on Rona Glynn-McDonald.

But also check out this awesome list of 50 Amazing Tida Queens, put together by Sally Cooper, as part of a special feature for Tea&Belle, an Indigenous clothing and giftware brand

US moves to … oppose breastfeeding

Yes really.

Reports are emerging today that Trump administration officials are bullying governments into watering down an international resolution promoting breastfeeding.

Seemingly, the US delegation to the UN-affiliated World Health Assembly would rather embrace the interests of formula manufacturers, and has pushed to remove language from the resolution calling on governments to “protect, promote and support” breastfeeding.

Read the story in the The Guardian.

Published Today on Women’s Agenda 

Joe Hockey says all-male ‘mateship’ ambassadors program ‘should be fixed’
When our US-based contributor Meggie Palmer saw the list of 15 Australians who had been appointed ‘patrons of mateship’ to mark our relationship with the United States, she saw a common theme. Read More +

We need a genuine overhaul of the childcare package
Much of the talk about childcare is based on myths and outright lies spread by the government in promoting this new package, writes surgeon Neela Jankiramanan. Read More +

34 Australian women have been killed violently this year. 3 were murdered on Saturday.
To say it’s been an awful week for women is an understatement. It’s been a horrific month and Saturday the 7th of July was diabolical. Read More +

New Zealand prepared to mandate female board directors within private companies
You could never accuse the New Zealand Government of doing things by halves, writes Tarla Lambert. ​Read More +

And finally, We are hiring! Business Development Executive wanted
Women’s Agenda is on the hunt for a Sydney-based Business Development Executive who can help develop this publication and take our media business to the next level. ​ Read More +

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