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By Catherine Fox

ISBN-10: 1742241174

ISBN-13: 9781742241173

Being a lady, elevating childrens, succeeding in a management position and residing an entire lifestyles continues to be a tall order in smooth Australia for those who do not take place to be awesome. Being a girl on a board, operating an ASX most sensible –listed corporation, or working a central authority division continues to be an exception instead of the norm. regardless of the growth made in the direction of a fairer office, within the dialogue in regards to the loss of girls on forums or the scale of the distance among males and women's pay, drained excuses are recycled. Catherine Fox labels those the seven myths approximately girls and paintings.

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But go beyond a certain level to those in charge and that rapidly turns into homogeneity. So after thinking about this, I decided that an examination of the myth of meritocracy and the idea we all work on an ‘even playing field’, would have to be first in the book because it plays such an important part in propping up the thinking that keeps my myths circulating. It’s dangerous on a number of levels, as I will examine, but its popularity over recent years as corporate dogma is probably to do with a certain amount of wish fulfilment by those in power.

As pressure to report on gender representation in business mounts and other measures come into practice, with some poor results revealed, there’s bound to be some continued reliance on the merit excuse in the future. Quite a few business leaders, for example, have objected to the concept of quotas or even voluntary targets for women (myth 5) on boards and in senior management on the basis that their organisa- tions are already meritocracies. As I have highlighted in my column, if a true meritocracy means that senior ranks reflect the talents of the entire workforce then surely targets and quotas for women help rather than hinder this aim?

While I call my list ‘myths’, I do understand that of course there are women who believe females are not ambitious, are innately poor at negotiating, and better off caring for the children and cleaning the kitchen. But apart from the fact that those opinions are generally coloured by the context in which they are made (as I will examine in myth 1), they do not apply to all women, just as male stereotypes don’t apply to all men. I have worked with men who were empathetic and great communicators and with women who were not.

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