Founded in 1985, Chief Executive Women (CEW) now represent over 650 of Australia’s most senior and distinguished women leaders, whose shared mission is ‘women leaders enabling other women leaders’.
We strive to educate and influence all levels of Australian business and government on the importance of gender balance. Through advocacy, targeted programs and scholarships, CEW works to remove the barriers to women’s progression and ensure equal opportunity
CEW programs are informed by research, led by CEW Members, and generously supported by our partners.
WHY OUR WORK MATTERS
Female graduates outnumber men at record levels in Australia, yet start out earning 90 cents for every dollar their male counterparts earn. The pay gap widens over time, with an overall average pay differential of around 15.5%.
Fewer women than men participate in the paid workforce – only 67.4% for women, compared to 78.5% for men – and part-time work is dominated by women, when only around 6.4% of managerial roles are part-time.
Some women make it to positions of leadership and decision-making, but not many. Only 6% of CEOs in the ASX200* are women. For women in the Australian workforce, it’s a long way to the top.
*2019 CEW Senior Executive Census