Research

GIWL is a multi-disciplinary research institute that brings together world-leading expertise across academic disciplines and fields in the areas of workplace gender equality and women's leadership. Our research is driven by three key priorities:

1.Identifying the things that facilitate systemic change in workplace gender equality and women’s representation in leadership

2.Understanding the intersectional nature of workplace gender discrimination

3.Developing and testing evidence based solutions to increase women’s representation in leadership roles

 

A complete list of GIWL ANU publications can be found in the list below, or you can explore some of our recent projects by theme:

GIWL ANU has also established a network of Research Affiliates. Our affiliates make up a global network of accomplished research partners working towards the common goal of improving workplace gender equality and women’s leadership. You can find out more about the network and the cutting edge research being undertaken in women’s leadership and workplace gender equality here.

If you are interested in partnering with GIWL at ANU on research or other ways to accelerate change, we would love to hear from you. Please contact us.

Publications

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To advance equality for women, use the evidence

Author/editor: Ryan, M.

Year published: 2022

These are three mistakes universities make when they attempt to improve gender equity.

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What Does it Mean to be a Woman? How the Content of Gender Identity May Facilitate Women’s Coping with Sexual Harassment

Author/editor: Kate A. B. Western, Associate Professor Tegan Cruwys, Professor Michelle K. Ryan

Year published: 2022

Sexual harassment and other forms of gendered discrimination are social psychological phenomena, yet the psychological impact of sexual harassment has rarely been examined through a model which considers the role of diverse content of gender identity (i.e. norms). The authors used an experimental...

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What the research says: gender, culture and other forms of diversity in national security

Author/editor: Dr Elise Stephenson

Year published: 2022

Gender and other inequalities remain pervasive in national security. The under-representation of women, First Nations peoples and other minorities is just the tip of the iceberg. Ongoing inequalities and bias affect everything from security clearances, to pay, workforce segregation, the types of...

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Why Do Women Remain Under-Represented in International Affairs? The Case of Australia

Author/editor: Dr Elise Stephenson

Year published: 2022

International affairs has a gender problem. Despite a rise in feminist-informed foreign policy in some corners of the globe, gendered (and racialised, heteronormative, classist, and so on) power structures continue to impact women's representation internationally. This paper seeks to know why ...

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Women who challenge or defend the status quo: Ingroup identities as predictors of progressive and reactionary collective action

Author/editor: Dr Gosia Mikołajczak, Dr Julia C. Becker and Professor Aarti Iyer

Year published: 2022

Collective action (CA) research looking at gender has focused predominantly on feminist activism, overlooking activism of women who reinforce gender inequalities and traditional gender roles (such as women supporting men's rights or anti-abortion protesters). Authors address this oversight,...

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2021 Women for Media Report: ‘Take the Next Steps’

Author/editor: Dr Blair Williams and Dr Jenna Price

Year published: 2021

Key findings: What women write about is gendered. Topics most likely to be reported on by women include health (53%) and entertainment (44%). What men write about is also gendered, and the topics that are “men’s topics” include politics (65%) and sports (87%). Men are entitled to have an opinion...

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Essays on Equality 2021: Covid-19: the road to a gender equal recovery

Author/editor: Global Institute for Women's Leadership at King's College London

Year published: 2021

Produced by the Global Institute for Women's Leadership at King's College London, the latest edition of Essays on Equality focuses on the gendered impacts of Covid-19 and, crucially, how we can begin to undo the damage caused by the pandemic in order to acheive a feminist recovery. Download the...

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Gender inequalities during COVID-19

Author/editor: Dr Alexandra N. Fisher and Professor Michelle K. Ryan

Year published: 2021

The onset of the global COVID-19 pandemic put a halt to progress toward gender equality and, instead, exacerbated existing gender inequalities across domains—from gendered divisions of labour to economic stability. In this paper, the authors document some of the most glaring gender inequalities...

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Gender pay gap reporting in Australia -- Time for an upgrade

Author/editor: Glennie, M, von Reibnitz, A, William, J, Curtis, S, Bordia, S

Year published: 2021

Australia has fallen from 14th to 70th on women’s economic participation in the World Economic Forum’s global gender gap index. The gender pay gap amongst full-time employees remains at 14.2%. The purpose of Gender pay gap reporting in Australia --Time for an upgrade is to identify strengths and...

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In traditionally male-dominated fields, women are less willing to make sacrifices for their career because discrimination and lower fit with people up the ladder make sacrifices less worthwhile

Author/editor: Meeussen, L., Begeny, C., Peters, K. and Ryan, M.

Year published: 2021

Women's lower career advancement relative to men is sometimes explained by internal factors such as women's lower willingness to make sacrifices for their career, and sometimes by external barriers such as discrimination. In the current research, positing a dynamic interplay between internal and...

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