Gender Equality and Diversity webinar

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You’re kindly invited to the first webinar on Gender Equality and Diversity from a research perspective. Two interesting perspectives will be given on gender research, after which the floor is open for questions and discussion. Please join us on Zoom on the 30th of November at 16.00 CEST.

Anna Berga Timoneda (Universitat Ramon Llull) “Women in science and academia”.

Today, women have become a dominant majority in university classrooms in much of the world. Undoubtedly, the massive access of women to universities in recent years has meant an important advance in terms of human rights, social justice, and economic progress. But as the latest UNESCO study on women in higher education states, the advantage ends there, since “equal access is not enough for the fulfilment of equal opportunities in all areas of society” (UNESCO, 2021). Despite the remarkable increase in the participation of women in higher education, there is still a long way to go to achieve gender equality in the world of academia. In this talk, we will analyze some of the main barriers that persist and continue to generate inequalities in academia (e.g.: Institutionalized sexism, Gender stereotypes, Leaky pipeline) and present an experience of ‘good practice’ in Catalonia (Spain), to show how universities are working to progress from merely signing up to a commitment, to really creating of a culture of equality. The talk will be based on a chapter in a recent book "More Women's Leadership for a Better World” that is the result of an international research collaboration, as Ramon Llull is member of the SACRU Alliance -Strategic Alliance of Catholic Research Universities (with 7 more universities around the world).

Mariana Sailer (WU Vienna): "Do firms respond to the mandated disclosure of target gender quotas for top executive positions?"

(coauthored by Isabella Grabner and Zoltán Novotny-Farkas)

Female representation in high-level positions is notoriously low worldwide. In Germany, a unique law called FüPoG I aims to increase women's participation in corporate management. Affected firms must disclose a self-determined target quota for their top three management levels and subsequently achieve it. This raises several questions: Does this legal intervention effectively increase female representation on executive boards? How does it work, and under what circumstances? In our research paper, "Do firms respond to mandated disclosure of target gender quotas for top executive positions?", Isabella Grabner, Zoltán Novotny-Farkas, and I address these questions. Our presentation will offer new insights into the impact of legal interventions on gender equality at the highest levels of the corporate ladder.

We’re looking forward to seeing many of you in this webinar. Please also forward the invitation to interested colleagues. In case you have any questions or suggestions, don’t hesitate to contact us.