The Australian Government recently launched ‘Balancing the Future: Australian Public Service Gender Equality Strategy 2016–19‘.
The Strategy “sets out actions for driving high performance and boosting productivity in the Australian Public Service (APS). It is a strategy for harnessing the best talent, changing cultures, and challenging assumptions that hold us back.”
On Wednesday 11 May 2016 I sent the following email to firstname.lastname@example.org:
“The statement below extracted from your report only provides one supporting reference, a dead hyperlink to a WGEA paper. The WGEA is notable as an organisation that employs almost no men (despite espousing the need for gender balance), and for its strong feminist bias.
“A growing body of research shows that:
- organisations with the most gender equality outperform those with the least,
- increasing the proportion of women in leadership roles is associated with better financial performance, and
- gender equality in teams promotes an environment where innovation can flourish.”
Are you able to provide any concrete examples of this “growing body of research” you speak of? I am not aware of any studies that show anything more than some correlation between, for example, business performance and the presence of senior female managers. Refer http://www.fighting4fair.com/uncategorized/companies-with-women-at-the-helm-perform-better-afeministsaidso/
The other factor that I would appreciate some feedback about is the practical meaning of “gender equality” in the report. It seems that the meaning used only considers the female side of the equation, that is gender equality exists at any point beyond 50% female participation.
Therefore, for example, an organisation comprising 75% female staff is portrayed as gender equal, despite the fact that from a male perspective the situation is not equal at all. Moreover it would seem that even when more than 50% staff overall are female, unless the most well-remunerated ranks of the organisation are also 50%+ female, then there is still not gender equality. This certainly does give the impression that the report itself suffers from a significant degree of gender bias.
I look forward to receiving your response at your earliest convenience. Thank you”
Now, dear readers, let’s sit back with a cup of tea and see what (if anything) they come back with.
Check back later as I’ll post any response here.
On 17 May 2016 I received the following response:
“Thank you for your email and interest in the APS Gender Equality Strategy. The link you referred to has been updated and further links added.
In relation to your other query, the Strategy seeks to address gender imbalance across the APS, at all classifications and in all agencies—no matter the direction of any current imbalance. Agencies are expected to set stretch targets for gender equality across all leadership levels and business areas in the context of their existing gender distribution. The Strategy also emphasises increased access to flexible work arrangements for all employees, regardless of gender.
I hope this information is useful to you.
Diversity Policy – Employment policy Group
Australian Public Service Commission”
A number of the additional references cited are already listed in my blog post referred to earlier, and are not considered as providing conclusive evidence that female management was the *cause* of improved organisational performance. I look forward to reviewing the additional references provided, of which I was previously unaware.
5 thoughts on “A couple of queries concerning ‘Balancing the future: The Australian Public Service gender equality strategy 2016-19’”
I’m guessing you’ll get a response of deafening silence
And I’m guessing you’ll win the kewpie doll
The Australian Education Union is renowned for its feminine centricity and female victimhood propaganda. I recently sent an email to the editor of the AEU (SA) magazine and cc to the Women’s Officer regarding the continual spreading of female victimhood within its women’s column. The most recent piece was about the “gender pay gap”. As yet, only an acknowledgement of receipt.
We have to consider the impact of initiatives like this. Does one staff member simply laugh, delete the email and take a sip of coffee from a mug bearing the inscription “I bathe in male tears”?
I don’t think so.
The staff remember who screens emails prints it out, or otherwise regards it to her/his/zis boss, for a decision. They laugh. They briefly consider adding it to the pile of ‘evidence’ of ‘online misogyny’. After all, there is a daily quota of victimhood to meet. But there are no rape or death threats.
So they read the contents again. “Looks like this troll is serious.”
“Yes. haven’t they got video games to play?” (Laughs)
“Shall I draft a reply? ”
“Saying what? ”
“Rebutting the main points… ”
“Let’s just let this die”
“You mean ignore it? ”
“Creeps like him just won’t go away”
“I know. Can you get me a another coffee. Make it a long black”
Sounds about right (reaching for another kewpie doll)