In the most of developed Western democracies, women and men are present side by side in politics, government, sports and business. Australia is far behind in terms giving equal share to women, at least in politics and business. Women comprise 46 per cent of all employees in Australia. But they hold only 14.2 per cent of board chairs, 23.6 per cent of directorships, and 15.4 per cent of CEO roles. Although there have been recent calls for putting more women in corporate boards and there had been at least one attempt to introduce a bill requiring more women on corporate boards, only time will tell how far we can go. Is it the “glass ceiling”? Is it the “competency gap”? Or what?
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I am Professor and Head of Accounting at Griffith University, Australia. I am a Co-Editor of Accounting Research Journal, published by Emerald. My research interests lie in corporate governance, gender diversity, executive pay, financial reporting quality, and IFRS adoption. I have widely published in esteemed academic journals, including Contemporary Accounting Research, Journal of Business Finance & Accounting, The International Journal of Accounting, Accounting & Finance, Journal of Contemporary Accounting & Economics, Advances in Accounting, Australian Accounting Review, and Pacific Accounting Review. My research work and I have been featured in The Australian Financial Review, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Canberra Times, Brisbane Times, Corporate Risk & Insurance Magazine, and many other regional newspapers. I write strictly on a personal capacity and views expressed on this site do not reflect my employer's views on any topic. I am a contributing author to THE CONVERSATION as well. View all posts by Rez Monem