Equality initiatives aren’t helping all women in business

Culturally diverse women are notably underrepresented in leadership ranks in Australia, and it seems equality initiatives aren’t helping to close the gap.

‘Cracking the Cultural Glass Ceiling’, a new report by the Diversity Council Australia and USYD Business School, has found culturally diverse women aren’t benefiting from the equality initiatives and programs currently in place in the business sector.

In 2015, culturally diverse women only made up only 2.5 per cent of the 7,491 directors of ASX-listed companies.

University of Sydney Senior Business Lecturer Dr. Dimitria Groutsis and her research team spoke to 366 culturally diverse female leaders and found that a gap between ethnic and gender policy initiatives had allowed the group to slip through the cracks in Australia.

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