Why do we need more LGBTIQ+ women on Boards?

🌈 LGBTIQ+ women constitute a meaningful proportion of Western Australia (Australian Human Rights Commission estimates 11% of Australians are LGBTIQ+) but are underrepresented in leadership and board positions.

Research from PWC and Pride in Diversity found that LGBTIQ+ women are 12% less likely to be out at work than LGBTIQ+ men, and one in five leave a workplace before the age of 26 due to lack of inclusion. Compared to other Australian states and territories, LGBITQ+ women in WA feel the least comfortable “coming out” at work, with only 1 in 2 women being out. The situation is not improving: the 2021 Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI) found that less LGBITQ+ women were out at work in 2021 compared to previous years.

However, the research shows that LGBTIQ+ women bring an important perspective to Boards that improves decision-making. Experiences of being LGBTIQ+ can foster social and emotional intelligence, bravery and resilience, and lead to greater authenticity and creativity. LGBTIQ+ women bring to the boardroom the lived experience of a community who are important consumers for many community services. In addition, LGBTIQ+ women on Boards can provide visible role models for employees and stakeholders and help build inclusive organisational cultures.

Read more about why we need more LGBITQ+ women on boards here or apply for 2022 LGBTIQ+ Women Emerging Leaders in Governance Program here.

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Why do we need more LGBTIQ+ women on Boards?

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