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Australian Agricultural Industry Aims To Increase Women In Leadership
The Australian agricultural industry is working to improve its workforce gender imbalance despite persistent difficulties. According to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, women only comprise 18% of management roles in Australian agribusiness, despite constituting 41% of the workforce and making up 43% of upper echelon management positions in other industries. Further, while women constitute 17% of CEOs in industries on average, they comprise only 2.3% of those in agribusiness. Dr Lucie Newsome, of the University of New England Business School, said that pervasive gender stereotypes pushed women into taking on a limited range of working roles, which contributed to their own feelings of being outsiders in the workplace. At the recent launch of the Diversity in Agricultural Leadership program, federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud emphasised that, while not endorsing gender quotas, changing organisational culture could contribute to a positive change in correcting the workplace gender imbalance.