How can women have greater impact in the public sector?

The Mandarin

March 10, 2020

Emma* works in a senior leadership role in a state government department of health. An experienced manager in health industries, she moved into government five years ago because she wanted to be able to shift the dial on population health policy in her state.

Technically, her role, which involves leading public-private partnerships and collaboration with some of the key health researchers in the state, should allow her to do that. In reality, it doesn’t.

Emma, like many women in government, is frustrated by the overtly hierarchical culture of government; one that is driven by a fear of failure (and negative publicity) rather than an outcomes-orientation or a long-term focus.

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