Friday, June 9, 2017

Leaders not the only actors who matter in gender bias battle - LAWYERS WEEKLY

by Melissa Coade
Originally published: June 8, 2017

With the topic of gender inequality in the legal profession resonating louder than ever before, even the most junior lawyers are being encouraged to smash the glass ceiling.

Fighting gender bias in law is not about pitting one sex against the other, according to Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins. However, it is a major problem that impedes opportunities for men to engage more as parents and prevents talented women from progressing in their careers.

Speaking at an event hosted by Mills Oakley, Ms Jenkins said workplace policies introduced to fix gender inequality in law have changed little since she joined the profession in the early ‘90s.