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Australian leaders say it’s time to face up to the gender ‘merit trap’

Chief Executive Women Male Champions of Change 17 August 2016 Breakfast Roundtable discussion at McKinsey Offices,Sydney.Photographs by Rick Stevens.

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Senior leaders in business, government, education and community are calling on all employers to confront the way they use the concept of ‘merit’ when making decisions about appointment or promotion.

A report released by Chief Executive Women and Male Champions of Change shows that although ‘appointing on merit’ sounds fair, it is often used to mask a variety of biases that prevent the progress of women.

The report argues Australian organisations must face up to the merit trap if they are to benefit from gender diversity.

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