Over the last couple of years I had the absolute privilege of giving Collequiums and Think Tanks on #GenderEconomics at Macquarie University for their Global Leadership Program, one of the few if not the only one of its kind. During that time, I had some great discussions with the students but more importantly, I heard first hand inspiring ideas from these future leaders, drawn from the disciplines of law, economics, social sciences, politics and science. Their ideas were sometimes staggering. thinking outside the square and feeling inspired to create their own movements using the #ImPuttingMyHandUp hashtag that I use in all my talks. These students gave me confidence that the leaders of tomorrow are well equipped to take the worlds economic and social remits positively into the future.
You might think that Gender Economics is just about discussing gender and the social sciences, but it is about much more than that. #GenderEconomics takes economic theory and then overlays it with the multi lens of culture, values and gender. I always try to get the participants to identify issues and discussion points that we can apply the concepts of Gender Economics to and in one of the Think Tanks our topics for discussion ranged from terrorism, to marriage equality, to shopping and consumerism, to racism as well as fear and its impact on economics.
Still think Gender Economics is just about women?
Here are some takeaways of what they thought Gender Economics was about (from a post session survey);
- The impact of how gender affects roles in the workplace
- Key learning points included the holistic understanding of the concept of gender being applied in a wide variety of settings; workforce, political forums, law…etc.
- The key points revolved around the structure and design and behaviour of the corporate environment across cultures and time shaped by perceptions of gender differences.
- Understanding the different perspectives between men and women in the workforce. Understanding the impacts work culture and atmosphere play on women and gender stereotypes. Role of men and women within society at work and in the larger community
- I learnt a lot about the impact of inequality on the economy in relation to different issues and countries.
- Raising awareness for established gender norms that are unsuitable and limiting in both the workplace and the world
- To learn about the effects of gender stereotypes on economic performance globally and why we should challenge our thinking.
- I thought that learning the separation between feminism and gender economics was the strongest takeaway for me from this presentation.
- Diffrent methods to deal with gender issues in the work place
- There is a broader explanation to every social construct and it has huge consequences for the individual and the society including economics
- Thinking more carefully about how our policies and decisions impact future generations and the way we think about gender
- Exploring gendered assumptions and how they are part of the culture/structure of organisations and thus how they effect the diversity of the workforce
- I personally learned more about the enculturation process of gender and how it is embodied in many aspects of our society
- A better understanding of organisational behaviours and where they derived from historically and culturally and its contemporary relevance in today’s work environment.
- Opened my eyes to what gender economics are, and how we can tackle these stereotypes society gives us, by being assigned a gender role.
- Understanding some of the economic concepts behind it and the role of policy and changing work culture in today’s environment.
- This colloquium made me think out side of the box and understand how deep gender inequality is ingrained into our society.
- That women are not only demoralised by other genders but by the women themselves. The majority look at a woman being in a secondary supporting role, when in reality that should not be the case. That is just a perception created.
- Male predominance can be very subtle
- I learnt about how important it is to entrench gender and remove barriers within economics, in order to maximise the benefits to all sexes and society as a whole.
- It opened my mind to the length at which the inequalities span. I always knew about the payment inequalities for women but I didn’t realise, or more probably didn’t think about the way our society works to create these inequalities.
- I really challenged my thinking in certain areas. For example, how toys that children play specific toys and that actually “integrates” them into their future roles in society.
- The colloquium has taught me how societal norms affect a society economically. That gender, cultural and value assumptions are reflected not only in the workplace, but also in media, in the family, etc. which constrains individuals. Hence, the need for taking a critical view and approach.
- I got a better sense of what I can do in the future when looking into jobs and society with the discrepancies between men and women economically and socially.
- Majoring in Gender Studies, this colloquium helped me to further my studies on how gender influences and is influenced by the world around us.
- The field caught my interest and I want to learn more about it to improve my competencies in the field of organizations
- I feel more confident that I can develop my leadership ability beyond feminine qualities like kindness and empathy.
- A better understanding of the meaning of Gender economics, and several points never previously thought about
- a better perspective on the way gender influences business and the economy and how this is different all over the world, as opposed to my prior understanding of the social construction of gender
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ABOUT THE CENTRE FOR GENDER ECONOMICS AND INNOVATION
The Centre for Gender Economics & Innovation aims to be the global leader in bringing a “Gender Economics” lens to understand and improve business performance and enable the sustainable management of complexity (diversity). The Centre uses a proprietary framework, the DPRF to assess an organisations diversity, innovation and performance capability on a maturity scale against international benchmarks. Would you like your organisation rewarded?
ABOUT SUSANNE MOORE @susannemoore
Susanne is the Founder and Chair of The Centre for Gender Economics and Innovation and is credited with developing the emerging fields of Gender Economics (macro) and Diversity Economics (organisational). Now a Sociologist after a career in ICT and business, she has a focus on Gender, innovation and performance at an organisational level . She is the creator of the Diversity Program Review Framework or DPRF, currently used in the Australian Resources industry to ‘recognise’ (AWRA Recognised) organisations as a ‘Women’s Employer of Choice’. She is conducting a research project on ‘The Profit Impact of Organisational Gender Diversity programs”and brings a practical business experience coupled with academic rigour to her consulting practice around Gender Economics.
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