More Women on Boards, more women Directors and CEO’s of companies is what Australia needs. According to the last census we only have 7 women as CEO’s of major companies. Is this what women should be aiming for?
I sat through an interesting event listening to 3 women CEO/Board Directors and 1 ex-politician discuss the tragedy, as they see it, of male dominated companies. One got the distinct impression that those women who chose to stay at home, mothering their children, was a tragedy in the making for their careers. It is the age old debate for all women – what is right – to go back to work and foster their career, or stay home with their children? Of course, there is no right answer and each woman must make the right decision for her. Perhaps it is a worry that we don’t have more women in these top positions but maybe it also tells us that women are much better suited to nurturing roles. What is most disturbing is that, still, in the year 2013 in a country like Australia, there seems to be so little respect for the mothering/parenting role and the newly learned, amazing skills that accompany such a role. It is the most important job any person ever undertakes, the most challenging and definitely the most rewarding.