In Australia there continues to be an unprecedented level of awareness of the glass ceiling for women in many key sectors. A surge of strategies to overcome the gender equality gap has also been spearheaded by public and some private organisations. Despite some progress, overall, women’s inclusion and equal representation in leadership remains slow. This book attempts to reflect on what is sustaining the barriers women experience in different Australian sectors and, in particular, focus on the concept and application of merit as it is the accepted underlying principle that governs recruitment and advancement for men and women in Australian workplaces. This book also considers other strategies to equalize opportunities for women with a particular focus on quotas, voluntary and mandatory. Leading women and men were invited to discuss their thoughts on merit and quotas in relation to their nominated sector of involvement or their research of a sector of interest.
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