‘I can’t think of any occupation women can’t do!’
Career Pathways for Women and Girls: Emergent and Non-traditional Occupations and Industries
In 21st centuryAustralia, after more than three decades of addressing the status of women, a need still exists for action about women’s access to gender sensitive training and employment in emergent and non-traditional occupations and industries. The reasons for the need are linked to
(a) by default, women’s place in society;
(b) deeply ingrained cultural attitudes about what is appropriate work for women and for men, and
(c) gender pay inequities which accompany entrenched and outmoded work practices and cultures.
Despite many academic and business studies and resulting actions by governments and businesses to educate and change workplaces, a large shift in cultural attitudes is still required. Outdated perceptions and stereotypes about what is women’s work and men’s work still exist and efforts to change this seem difficult.
The Policy Paper