Media Release: Career Development Important in Closing Gender Gap

7th Mar 17

As celebrations for International Women’s Day (IWD) kick off tomorrow, CDAA is highlighting the importance of career development in removing gender inequality in the workplace.

The association is hosting a webinar tomorrow in line with IWD, to discuss how career practitioners help female clients “be bold for change” and obtain the career and salary equity they deserve.

Presenter and Professional CDAA Member Melita Long said the first step is raising awareness with clients, helping them to realise what they are worth.

“We need to help them understand what their options are, what they are worth and how they can get there,” Ms Long said.

“Most women are not paid what they are worth, many underselling themselves because they don’t realise their capabilities or they don’t ask for more money.”

A key way to improve the gender pay gap is to support female employees to increase their self-confidence, negotiate better pay, and achieve leadership positions.

According to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, organisations with the lowest share of female executive leaders have an average gender pay gap double the size of those with an equal share of women in senior roles.

Ms Long said one of the reasons for this disparity is societal gender stereotyping from both men and women.

“We need to help break down that stereotyping, which goes back to childhood where if a boy takes charge he is told he shows leadership, whereas a girl is told she is bossy,” she said.

“Not all women want to be managers and leaders, but most women have the opportunity to be paid more and in 2017 there is no valid reason why women shouldn’t have equality.”

“But the only way this is going to happen is for women to stand up for themselves and fight for what they are worth.”