As at April 2018, the percentage of women on ASX 200 boards was 27.5%. While this has grown significantly in recent years (from 8.3% in 2009), we still have some way to go.
There are many recognised barriers to attracting women to leadership positions, particularly in the STEM sector. Lack of mentors, cost of qualifications, family commitments and unconscious bias are some of the factors making it difficult for women to attract and retain leadership positions.
While some of these factors will require a long-term cultural change, the WILD Program seeks to remove lack of mentors and cost of qualifications as barriers to success.