New Study Says Gender Equality Is Coming. In 17 Years.
According to research conducted by Right Management, a part of Manpower Group, it may be 17 years until we see gender equality in the workplace. The study was conducted by Bridget Beattie, Executive Vice President, Asia Pacific Middle East at Right Management.
The 17-year estimate for gender equality is the average of opinions held by global business leaders. In the Asia Pacific region, the average is a bit better, about 13 years. Overall, the most pessimistic respondents were millennial women, who think it will be fully 22 years until there’s gender balance in the workplace.
Beattie is based in Australia, though interviews were conducted with people from around the world. Australia ranks as #36 for economic participation and opportunity in the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report. The Australian Workplace Gender Equality Agency reports that women make up just 26% of the top three management hierarchy layers. Roughly a third of companies have no female management personnel at all, and a similar number have no women in executive/general management positions.
Beattie notes that Manpower Group is doing better than this, with a third of their top executives and half of their emerging leaders being female.
A move from the current laissez-faire approach to gender equality may be needed across the globe, according to Beattie, with structural problems and male-dominated cultural perspectives standing in the way. She points out that since working women have long been the norm in the five emerging economies in the BRICS alliance — Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa — women in those nations are moving into leadership positions much more quickly.