International Women’s Day 2022 | The key is social change | Mercury of Illawarra

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Int Women’s Day 2022, social change, female stereotypes, inequality, Professor Michelle Ryan, gender pay gap, workplace inequality, female leaders

Women face equality issues 365 days a year, but it’s important to have a single day dedicated to amplifying women’s voices, understanding existing inequalities and calling for real and lasting change. “It gives a platform to shine a light on ongoing change initiatives,” said Professor Michelle Ryan, director of the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership at the Australian National University and professor of social and organizational psychology. “We have made great strides towards gender equality, but it is important to note that the pace of change varies greatly from country to country and not all women have benefited from these gender changes. same way.” So the nature of the inequalities that remain, and the priorities for International Women’s Day, are different from country to country and from community to community within the same country. “It may be in terms of who is most affected by gender pay gaps – the size of the pay gap, for example, differs significantly from country to country – it is as low as 3 % in Bulgaria, 14% in Australia and up to 31% in South Korea,” adds Michelle. While women technically have the right to vote in almost every country (Saudi Arabia and Kuwait having recently joined the list) in practice, who is practically able to vote varies wildly – whether due to geography , race or disability. Asked what she sees as one of the most pressing issues women still face in the workforce, Michelle said the larger issue is social change. “I think if we want to change inequalities in the workplace, we need to look beyond workplace culture and organizational policies and practices, to our broader societal views on gender.” In particular, Much of the inequality we see in the workplace stems from inequalities in the domestic sphere – who takes care of caring responsibilities, the division of labor over household chores, and opinions about what good parenting looks like. “While organizational change is necessary, unless it is coupled with broader social change, we will never achieve true equality.” This can take the form of parental leave policies, affordable childcare and valuing work seen as stereotypical work for women. “

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Women face equality issues 365 days a year, but it’s important to have a single day dedicated to amplifying women’s voices, understanding existing inequalities and calling for real and lasting change.

“It gives a platform to shine a light on ongoing change initiatives,” said Professor Michelle Ryan, director of the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership at the Australian National University and professor of social and organizational psychology.

“We have made great strides towards gender equality, but it is important to note that the pace of change varies greatly from country to country and not all women have benefited equally from these changes.

“So the nature of the inequalities that remain and the priorities for International Women’s Day are different from country to country and from community to community within nations.

“It may be in terms of who is most affected by gender pay gaps – the size of the pay gap, for example, differs significantly from country to country – it is as low as 3 % in Bulgaria, 14% in Australia and up to 31% in South Korea,” adds Michelle.

While women technically have the right to vote in almost every country (Saudi Arabia and Kuwait having recently joined the list) in practice, who is practically able to vote varies wildly – whether due to geography , race or disability. Asked what she sees as one of the most pressing issues women still face in the workforce, Michelle said the larger issue is social change.

“I think if we want to change inequalities in the workplace, we need to look beyond workplace culture and organizational policies and practices, to our broader societal views on gender.

Leaders are in a unique position to define and communicate an organization’s culture, and this is key to successful change.

Professor Michelle Ryan

“In particular, much of the inequality we see in the workplace stems from inequalities in the domestic sphere – who carries out family responsibilities, the division of labor over household chores and opinions about what a family looks like. good parenting.

“While organizational change is necessary, unless it is coupled with broader social change, we will never achieve true equality.

“This can take the form of parental leave policies, affordable childcare and valuing work seen as stereotypical work for women.”

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