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Today on the Take on Board podcast, I’m speaking with Stacey Williams about Recognition Matters – what it is and why it’s important. Stacey manages the Recognition Matters campaign at Department of Premier and Cabinet in Victoria.
Less than one-third of nominations in Australia’s Honours system are for women. This means fewer awards go to women. Men have consistently received around 70% of the awards since the Order of Australia began in 1975. Men have also received more awards in the higher levels, such as the Companion of the Order of Australia (AC). Women are often at the lower level, the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM).
Gender equity is important because it creates more visible role models for women, and it helps close the gender gap. Recognition Matters was created after talking to 56 Victorian leaders about what would help increase nominations.