Raising the Bar: Women in Law and Business

Author(s): Natalya King

NZ History/Society | Feminism

Gender equality is a hot topic of late. HBO's Last Week Tonight John Oliver recently opined on the subject. Emma Watson has left Hogwarts behind and gone to the UN to address the issue. The Global Gender Gap Report 2013 ranked New Zealand 7th out of 136 countries. Superficially that may appear to be good but New Zealand can do better. Raising the Bar provides the tools and insights to achieve that.

Raising the Bar: Women in Law and Business examines the progress and participation of women in New Zealand's legal and professional services industries, and presents a practical blueprint for positive change. The book takes a close look at the way in which women's progress has stagnated over the last twenty years, and analyses the legislative, policy and social reasons for such stagnation. The book breaks down international research to explain the societal benefits of gender diversity, and, in particular, how diversity within a business increases profit and productivity.


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"What is new is this engaging and scholarly work by Natalya King in which she provides an overview of the research into the position of women lawyers – but more importantly, analyses successful models for change. Here is an essential go-to book for those businesses and law firms who want to (or say they want to) alter the culture and future of their enterprise." -- Elisabeth McDonald, Associate Professor of Law 

Table of Contents



Part 1

Chapter 1 – Introduction

Chapter 2 – Women in New Zealand

Part 2

Chapter 3 – The case for business diversity

Chapter 4 – Equal pay and pay equity

Part 3

Chapter 5 – Legislative and social change for women in New Zealand

Chapter 6 – Policies and programmes: Initatives outside the legislative framework

Part 4

Chapter 7 – Women in New Zealand’s legal profession

Part 5

Chapter 8 – Understanding the issues and solutions

Chapter 9 – Flexible working

Chapter 10 – Corporates leading the way

Part 6

Chapter 11 – Tools for change

Table of Statutes and Regulations

Subject Index

General Fields

  • : 9780864728937
  • : Thomson Reuters
  • : Thomson Reuters
  • : November 2014
  • : New Zealand
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Natalya King
  • : Paperback