by Kathryn May
Originally published: June 22, 2016
Women have broken all gender barriers in Canada’s public service in ways few countries can boast — until they hit the deputy ministers’ “club” where some complain there’s little “diversity of mindset,” says a new report.
It’s among the findings of a new Carleton University study, Women’s Leadership Matters, into the impact of female leadership on the public service, where women now hold more than 55 per cent of the jobs and 46 per cent of all executive positions below deputy ministers.
At the top, however, women haven’t made the same progress. They held about one-third of the deputy minister jobs when the study was conducted between 2014 and 2015.
Marika Morris, an adjunct research professor who led the study, said women and visible minorities do well when hiring is based on open, merit-based competitions, but they “don’t do as well” when the prime minister makes “at pleasure” appointments into deputy minister jobs.