We need to acknowledge that there has been a reality of a leaky pipeline of female leaders. The current COVID situation threatens to increase this “leakage” unless we think differently about our workplace practices and benefits.
The author says it well: “Despite more women than men having a university degree, we have a leaky pipeline of female leaders as women drop out of careers after having children. It’s not because they are less skilled, or unable to work hard; they just need to be supported with more flexible work options, and have their male partners follow suit. The Workplace Gender Equity Agency (WGEA) figures show although most employers now have a flexible work policy, few set targets to implement it. Others just put it on a shelf to gather dust.”