By GRACE JENNINGS-EDQUIST
Guess how many women have landed on the moon? Been Bishops of the Church of England?
Headed up the University of Oxford? …Or Cambridge, or Stanford, or Columbia?
The answer? None.
The remarkable 100 Percent Men Tumblr is currently grabbing headlines across the internet for pointing out just that. It lists the (scarily plentiful) worldwide institutions or boards or panels or lists where women have never, ever, set foot.
Sadly, the moon is just the start.
The list– which is now six pages long and counting – is the brainchild of American writer Lydie DePillis. And while we were initially thrilled to see that Australia barely rated a mention, we later discovered – it wasn’t because we’re any more equal than anyone else. It turns out that Lydie has just forgot about us. Dammit.
So we went searching to bring you some Australian examples. Here are just a few instances of Australian places, positions and chairs where women are yet to make an appearance.
1. Chief Justices of the High Court of Australia.
The top court in the country now has a pretty solid three women (out of seven) on the bench but we are still waiting to see a woman appointed to the biggest role of those fancy swivel chairs.
And of the 50 judges who have ever been appointed to the court, a grand total of four have been women. FOUR.
2. Highest-Paid Chief Executive Officers.
Less than three per cent of the ASX top 200 companies have female CEOs.
So it’s probably not surprising that only one of Australia’s top 10 highest-paid CEOs, at last count, was a woman.
Gail Kelly of Westpac ranked fifth on the list, pulling in $8.6m in 2011.
She did it while raising triplets too. OMG. You go, Gail.
3. Secretary-General of the United Nations.