JUST go for it.
That's the message Labor candidate for Keppel Brittany Lauga is sending to the young girls and women of Central Queensland when it comes to pursuing careers in male-dominated industries following a report from Plan International Australia.
According to a major new Auspoll survey commissioned by child rights organisation Plan International Australia, girls and young women are turning their back on a life in politics and other leadership roles due to an overwhelming perception of growing sexism in Australia.
- Growing sexism is forcing girls and women away from life as leaders
- Fewer than 1% dream of role in politics.
- 49% say sexism affects the career path they choose.
- More than 75% victims of sexist comments.
- Half believe sexist attitudes in Australia increasing.
Of the 1000 girls and women aged 14-25 who participated in the survey, less than one per cent dream of a job in politics and 49 per cent say sexism affects their choice of career path.
While agreeing sexism was an ongoing problem, Ms Lauga encouraged girls and women to follow their career dreams.
"It (sexism) didn't affect my decision to enter politics but in my day job as a town planner, it is very male dominated and at times I do see my male counterparts treated better than my female colleagues," she said.
"Women are even still likely to be paid less than men in a similar position.
"If I had any advice for women wanting to work in a male-dominated industry it would be to just go for it, be confident and don't doubt yourself."
CQ GIRL POWER
- Rockhampton Mayor Margaret Strelow
- Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry
- Labor candidate for Keppel Brittany Lauga
- Capricorn Enterprise CEO Mary Carroll
- Inspector Virginia Nelson
- NRL referee Belinda Sleeman
- Glenmore State High Principal Christine Hills
- CQUniverstiy Associate Vice-Chancellor Kim Harrington
- BMA Chair in Indigenous Engagement Professor Bronwyn Fredericks