Celebrating International Women’s Day 2024

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“Imagine a gender equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination. A world that’s diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated. Together we can forge women’s equality. Collectively we can all #InspireInclusion.

Celebrate women’s achievement. Raise awareness about discrimination. Take action to drive gender parity.

IWD belongs to everyone, everywhere. Inclusion means all IWD action is valid.”

This year I would like to harness the opportunity ExpertsDirect has with its International Women’s Day publication to offer solidarity, insights, and encouragement to young women in the legal and/or corporate space.

Our interviews with esteemed women in the Australasian legal industry explore the shared experiences and helpful advice for the young generation of women.

Included are insights providing informed snapshots of some of the main aims and trends of International Women’s Day and women’s participation in the legal sector today, as well as changes both underway and yet to be realised in achieving gender parity.

In 1984, Australia became the first country to release a Women’s Budget Statement — a budgeting analysis focused specifically on the impact of the federal budget on women and girls. Australia has come a long way since, and so have other countries, many of whom followed our lead in releasing a women-focused budget report.

Research this year, however, shows that globally we may yet still be failing to fully achieve gender parity goals. I am honoured to be releasing this publication with the support of tenacious, visionary women who bring us closer to these goals through their
successes and generosity.

Min Yang, Chief Operating Officer, ExpertsDirect Sydney

To find out more about developments in gender equity in the legal sector, read our International Women’s Day 2024 booklet. The booklet contains interviews with women in senior positions at firms across the Asia Pacific region, along with coverage of developments in the legal sector related to gender parity, including university matriculation rates, pay gaps, and work culture and opportunities.

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