Gender in the Property Industry and Professional Bodies - An Australian Perspective

Publisher:
Pacific Rim Real Estate Society Incorporated
Publication Type:
Conference Proceeding
Citation:
http://www.prres.net/index.htm?http://www.prres.net/Conference.htm, 2016
Issue Date:
2016-02-01
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Recently, significant public debate regarding the lack of women appointed to senior management positions such as on ASX listed company boards has highlighted the lack of gender equity. The property industry is dominated by male representation at the top levels despite the gender gap within university graduates approaching equal proportions. This paper evaluates the role that professional bodies are embracing to address the gender inequality and how this is reflected in the makeup of the board composition of the leading professional associations and industry bodies in Australia. While there is limited research on women in property this paper demonstrates the need for further in-depth analysis to identify the constraints to progressing gender equality. The findings indicate that the property profession while publicly promoting women in the property industry still maintain governing boards within their professional associations and industry bodies that are significantly under-represented by women.
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