July President’s Report – Filling the Pool
Last month the Committee for Perth launched its report Filling the Pool: achieving gender equality is everyone’s responsibility. The research outlined in the report refers to a ‘perfect storm’ in Western Australia of complex business, personal and cultural factors that exacerbate the largest gender pay gap in the country and the least number of women in executive and board roles. Many of the findings in the report are relatable to the legal profession. Indeed, many of these themes were echoed in Deidre Willmott’s speech at our Law Week Breakfast Launch in May and her speech is printed in this edition of Brief.
Critically, the Filling the Pool report provides 31 interrelated recommendations – four for government, 18 for organisations and their leaders and nine for women. Some of the organisational recommendations align well with the work that the Society is already doing in Western Australia and as part of the Law Council of Australia in retaining women in and increasing their proportion as the leaders of the legal profession. The report provides both a sobering reminder that we have a long way to go but also confirms that our approaches reflect those being taken by the wider business community.