"I strongly support CEO’s for Gender Equity and similar initiatives because I believe shifting this ubiquitous imbalance is not just the right thing to do from a values perspective, but also a strategic one, as it is strongly linked to increased productivity.
Gender imbalance is something we continue to grapple with in the Higher Education Sector. Studies show that female researchers are driven out of science careers by structural barriers. Losing so much expertise is a shameful waste of not only talent and knowledge, but also of University investment. This silent brain drain, affecting 50% of our best and brightest scientists, is a situation that neither universities nor Australia can afford."