In early November, the World Economic Forum announced a statistic that was hard to stomach: the gender gap widened for the first time in the last decade. A year ago the association claimed it would take 170 years to reach full gender parity, but now we’re up to 217 years.
While there are many prominent areas of gender inequality in Australia’s workforce, one specific area hit close to home for us. Women occupy only one quarter of the Australian STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) workforce.
In response to this statistic, this year we set out to learn more about what some of the leaders, both men and women, in the fields of finance, tech and fintech felt about the topic. What we found was a remarkable determination to reject the status quo and press for
“What's needed is an infallible commitment to the future we want to create,” argues Kendall Flutey, CEO at Banqer. “Those who can do something, need to do it – no action is too insignificant. Because it's the summation of our actions, big and small, that will bring
about the change that is so overdue."
Instilling confidence in generations to come.
“As a female founder, I can’t ignore the fact that there are so few of us,” states Shahirah Gardner, Founder of Finch. “I don’t think we’re doing enough to give women the confidence to join male dominated industries like finance and tech”.
It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy—the fewer examples of female leadership women can look up to, the less likely it becomes for them to aspire to senior positions themselves.