Why study motherhood and leadership?

Women are still significantly underrepresented in senior leadership roles in New Zealand. A recent Champions for Change diversity report showed women making up approximately one-third of leaders from the executive level upwards, and according to Diversity Works representation at these levels is going backwards. This is problematic. Somewhere along the lines, opportunities for women toContinue reading “Why study motherhood and leadership?”

Supporting Mothers returning to work

  The 2019 Workplace Diversity Survey (Diversity Works, 2019) reported a significant increase in gender as a diversity concern. But it also highlighted a lack of action in addressing gender issues in the workplace. I’m heartened by this because it means that what I’m researching and writing about is a topical concern for organisations. ButContinue reading “Supporting Mothers returning to work”

The write way

How do you write in an academic context, while challenging the academic constraints, as well as connecting beyond the walls of academia with an audience that can incite change?   Much of what I’m researching for my PhD is emotive and political. It makes me angry, sad, frustrated as I traverse between the polar oppositeContinue reading “The write way”

The inequalities of motherhood

I’ve started my PhD research with feminism and women’s rights in general, keeping an eye out for maternal issues. I went into this topic naïve. Surely we’ve come a long way with equality? What do we need feminism for? Apparently I’m not alone in this assumption that women actually have equal rights and that theContinue reading “The inequalities of motherhood”

From Motherhood to Leadership

In 2019 I begin my PhD. It’s going to take me 3-4 years.   I propose to bring together three streams of research; learning, leadership, and feminine studies, to understand, and make recommendations around, how to better design leadership development programs for women leaders, specifically mothers, and close the gender gap.   We know thatContinue reading “From Motherhood to Leadership”