Women, Power and the Future of Work

Spence Club

The stats still paint a fairly grim picture for Australian women who want more. We earn 16.4 percent less than men (ABS May 2016), we’re rarely seen in management positions and a measly 1 in 10 ASX 2000 listed companies appoint us to their boards. After years of slowly rising to reach the height of those uninspiring stats we’re left to wonder – will things ever change?

There are experts who believe the future for women will look vastly different in 20 years – but what is going to change so dramatically that will ensure better outcomes for future female leaders? That is exactly what will be discussed by Spence Club at the Open Sate Festival, this Friday evening.

Open State is a festival of the future where leaders come together to discuss innovation, collaborate on ideas and forge enterprise partnerships.

It provides an important platform for discussion around the future of food, engineering, cities, democracy, enterprise and the planet. One of the important topics being discussed at this year’s festival is the future female workforce, and its many facets. Of particular interest is what the workforce will look like in 2040 and what gender equality changes we can expect to experience within these next 20 crucial years?

Spence Club are a professional women’s networking group that aim to support the future female leaders of South Australia. The group campaign to raise money for the most aggressive, benign and debilitating disease affecting Australian women today, endometriosis.

As part of the Open State, the Spence Group will be presenting a seminar on Women, Power and the Future of Work. The presentation will hold a magnifying glass to the future and begin to paint a picture of what that might look like for women in business and leadership.

The event will take a Q&A format and will challenge us to think about the traditional roles of men and women in the workplace and at home and the impact of technologies on the workforce. There will also be a chance to explore and inquire about the Scandinavian approach to gender equality over the years – can we learn progressive techniques from our Northern European friends?

Get your tickets here.