Abstract: Approximately 87% of the community sector workforce is female (ACOSS 2010), although the percentage of women holding influential leadership roles is much smaller. This paper presents research findings from a 2012 exploration of female governance in human services community benefit organisations (CBOs), through the experience of seven female leaders currently working in the sector, who were interviewed over a three-week period. The findings suggest gender discrimination is widespread and unacknowledged in CBOs. Consequently, it remains unresolved, and impacts on the performance and values of CBOs, their leaders, staff and clients. Additionally, female governance of CBOs was identified as an authentic experience requiring further research.
To cite this article: Morris, Lucy. Female governance in human services community benefit organisations: Reality or illusion? [online]. Third Sector Review, Vol. 19, No. 2, 2013: 135-155.
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