Food for Thought
Stop Fixing Women

Date

Thursday, 11 May 2017
07:15 - Registration Opens
07:30 - Event Start
09:00 - Event Concludes

Venue

EY
Level 5, 11 Mounts Bay Road 
Perth

Prices

This event is free for member organisations of the Committee for Perth.

OPEN TO MEMBERS Registration has now closed

We invite you to attend the next Food for Thought Leader’s event for 2017, where the Committee will be hosting Catherine Fox as one of Australia’s leading commentators on women and the workforce. Catherine will further the discussion on how to fill the pool of female talent.

Catherine is a journalist, author and presenter. After working in the financial services sector in Sydney and London, she joined the Australian Financial Review. During a long career with the AFR, Catherine edited several sections of the publication and wrote the Corporate Woman column for Boss magazine, before leaving to set up her own consulting business in 2012.

Having written several books, including “Seven Myths about Women and Work” (New South 2012) which was shortlisted for the Ashurst Business Literature Prize, and her most recent publication “Stop fixing women: why building fairer workplaces is everybody’s business” was launched in April 2017.

At this event Catherine will share key insights from her latest book covering corporate culture, workplace flexibility, quotas and targets.

This event is aimed at leaders who can take positive action towards achieving gender equality in corporate Perth. Places are limited so please register early.

Event Overview

At the Committee for Perth’s latest Food for Thought function, Australian journalist, author and presenter Catherine Fox spoke about her latest book, Stop Fixing Women: Why Building Fairer Workplaces is Everybody’s Business. Catherine shared some key insights covering corporate culture, workplace flexibility, quotas and targets.

The key takeaways included:

  • Stop fixing women, fix the workplace. The system was designed to favour a male breadwinner, which marginalised women.
  • Businesses have come a long way since the early 90’s when senior executives didn’t see an issue with a shortage of women in senior positions or a gender pay gap, but there is still work to do.
  • Catherine is optimistic about the workplace changes occurring, especially with more men moving into the gender equity space.
  • While more businesses are reporting their gender equity targets, there is still a backlash from men and women who ask, why does the workplace have to change, it’s worked for me.
  • Confidence, empowerment and leaning-in aren’t going to help women break down the old boys’ club or fix the gender pay gap. The best people to break up the boys’ club are the boys.
  • Male and female stereotypes at home and in the workplace, are destructive, they need to be changed.
  • It’s a gross oversimplification to say women choose low paid, easy jobs. There’s no proof that women have less appetite for risk. It’s 20 times more dangerous to give birth than it is to skydive.
  • Anonymous recruiting by removing names and universities studied at from job applications can help create better gender equity.
  • At a certain point, the belief that a woman’s primary career obstacle is herself became conventional wisdom for men and women, yet framing the conversation that way doesn’t reflect reality.
  • When gender targets are linked with KPI’s with repercussions, particularly financial ones, managers take them very seriously.
  • There needs to be a new mentality in the workplace about the people who promote diversity, they don’t get rewarded for it and there’s a level of resentment about what they’re trying to achieve.
  • Men are from Earth. Women are from Earth. Deal with it.

Meet our speakers and panellists

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Catherine Fox

Journalist, author and presenter.

Catherine Fox is one of Australia’s leading commentators on women and the workforce. A journalist, author and presenter, she is regularly invited to address audiences around Australia ranging from the Defence Force to corporates and local government, and often appears in the media.

After working in the financial services sector in Sydney and London, Catherine joined the Australian Financial Review. During a long career with the AFR she edited several sections of the publication, and wrote the Corporate Woman column and for Boss magazine before leaving to set up her own consulting business in 2012.

Catherine has written several books, including “Seven Myths about Women and Work” (New South 2012) which was shortlisted for the Ashurst Business Literature Prize. Her latest book “Stop fixing women: why building fairer workplaces is everybody’s business” was launched in April 2017. Catherine helped establish the annual Westpac/Financial Review 100 Women of Influence Awards and is on several advisory boards, including the Australian Defence Force Gender Equality Advisory Board.  She has a BA (Communications) UTS and an MA (Hons) UNSW.