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'Not yet 50/50' - A critical appraisal

journal contribution
posted on 26.07.2018, 00:00 authored by Linda ColleyLinda Colley
While women have made significant gains in participation in paid work, their career progress has been far less than equal, and gender inequality in the quality of careers remains a puzzle. The ‘Not yet 50/50’ research addresses this important issue in the context of public services, where we might expect that decades of equity programs would have reduced inequalities. I was an enthusiastic audience for this research and its findings. The strength of the paper is the breadth of the primary data. With the co-operation of six departments, the researchers obtained a good sample of interviews with Senior Executive Service (SES) officers, supported by data from focus groups with the feeder group at Executive level (EL). As such the paper provides an audit of the position of women in the APS. Another valuable aspect of the research is the presentation of some very telling (and disturbing) narratives on self-perceptions and others’ perceptions of the impact of family on work commitment. Unfortunately, the paper does not quite live up to its promise and the reader is left with perhaps more questions than answers. There are a number of areas of concern.

History

Volume

73

Issue

4

Start Page

511

End Page

513

Number of Pages

3

eISSN

1467-8500

ISSN

0313-6647

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Australian Journal of Public Administration