Women, Work & Leadership Research Group Research highlights: Flexibility, employment and gender equality

The Women, Work & Leadership Research Group (WW&LRG) at the University of Sydney Business School provides a focal point for collaboration between leading scholars, business practitioners and policy makers with an interest in women and work, in building more equitable workplaces and more sustainable careers for women. The WW&LRG engages closely with debates about the megatrends impacting the workforce, including the feminisation of the workforce, population ageing, flexibility and technological change and emerging issues which lead to changing expectations of employers, employees and of the organisation of work.

The Co-Directors of the WW&LRG Professor Marian Baird and Associate Professor Rae Cooper have considerable expertise in undertaking engaged research, and in public speaking and media presentations.

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Recent Reports

Millennium Mums Report: waves 1-5

The Millennium Mums project is a national study of working mothers who had babies in October and November 2011.The project examines their experiences with leave from their employer and decisions about paid employment, as well as family life, health and wellbeing around the birth of their baby. 

The study began in 2012, funded by the then Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs as part of the evaluation of the introduction of the Paid Parental leave scheme.

Skipping a beat: Assessing the state of gender equality in the Australian music industry

Associate Professor Rae Cooper, Dr Amanda Coles and Ms Sally Hanna-Osborne

This report demonstrates that male advantage is a pervasive feature of the Australian music industry.
Using publicly available published data the report interrogates the industry dynamics that have produced a contemporary music scene in which radio playlists, festival line-ups, industry awards, peak bodies and major industry boards are dominated by male contributions and voices.

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Highlighted publication

Cooper R, Foley M and Baird M 2016 'Women at work: Australia and the United States', United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney


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Recent policy submission

Analysis Of The Impact Of The Government’s Proposed Changes To Paid Parental Leave On Key Workers In South Australia  Fair Agenda


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In the Media

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Recent research grants

Australian Women’s Work Futures (2017-2018)

Investigator/s: Marian Baird; Rae Cooper

This project will develop a unique University of Sydney-branded online survey and National Report on Australian women’s work futures. The development of new empirical data and academic analysis of women’s career aspirations and the future of women’s work in Australia will establish the University of Sydney as the premier location for research on gender equality in work.

Investigating Cultural Diversity and the non-executive directors of the ASX100 (2017)

Investigator/s: Dimitria Groutsis; Rae Cooper; Gregory Whitwell

This research builds on an emerging body of work investigating cultural diversity in senior leadership roles in large private sector organisations. In particular it seeks to analyse how culturally diverse the non-executive director cohort of the ASX100 is, as well as to understand the enablers and inhibitors to broader cultural diversity. This scope of research has been prompted by an invitation from the AHRC and the AICD to design a methodology for a pilot project to understand these processes and outcomes.


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Videos


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