We have just released our latest research that explores the work and career experiences of Australian women working in automotive trades occupations. The ‘One of the boys’? report by Dr Sarah Oxenbridge, Professor Rae Cooper and Professor Marian Baird is the second part of an ongoing series investigating women working in male-dominated occupations.
We aim to expand our knowledge and research expertise on women and work in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. Recent public and political debates about family leave, industrial relations, access to childcare, declining birth rates and low levels of female representation on company boards, highlight the need for quality research in this field.
We engage closely with debates about trends impacting the workforce and bridge the gap between academia and policy – we provide research for developing evidence-informed policy in matters pertaining to women, work and family.
We have made significant contributions to both government and company policies about parental leave, women and leadership, flexible and equitable work arrangements and domestic and family violence leave.
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Women, Work and Leadership Masterclass
The Women, Work and Leadership Research Group and the Sydney Policy Lab launched a Discussion Paper by Troy Roderick on how Australian organisations are mainstreaming flexible ways of working and realising sustainable benefits for their people and their businesses, across a range of industry sectors, role types and commercial contexts. For more information, visit the event page.
With keynote speaker Fair Work Commission President Iain Ross and other leading voices including Greens Senator Larissa Waters, Jo-anne Schofield from United Voice, and the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, the symposium explored structural, organisational, and individual responses to the challenge of achieving pay equity.
Presenting findings from a multi-method field experiment conducted in conjunction with the Work, Family, and Health Network.
Exploring the implications of the #MeToo movement for scholars, managers and policymakers and how it presents new opportunities for combating sexual harassment in the workplace.
Examining a profession in which gender segregation begins at school and exploring a practical solution for recruiting and retaining women engineers.
The workshop examined the difference between the paid parental leave offerings in Australia and the US, how they effect the traditional gendered division of family labor and the level of support the offer single mothers.
Presenting research from her thesis: 'The same gendered cultural and structural obstacles that keep men from taking leave in Sweden work to prevent women from obtaining leadership positions in Sweden (and elsewhere)'.
Launching the report 'Women and the Future of Work', discussing key findings and outlining implications for policy, practice and scholarship.
Examining the uncertainties arising from the place of care, of emotional caring bonds, in analysis of social change.
Discussing findings from a case study of the UK operation of a multinational IT company, examining the dynamic interplay of the social and structural factors that mitigate career advancement of professional women.
Analysing the development of the Swedish class structure and the relative decrease in its middle class and stronger polarisation of its class structure during recent decades.