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WA women urged to take part in award’s decade celebrations

THE 2004 Telstra Business Women’s Awards have officially opened, making it the 10th year of Australia’s premier national business women’s awards program.

Since its inception more than 20,000 women have nominated for the awards.

The awards run in each State and Territory.

The award categories are:

p Westpac Group Business Owner Award for owners with a 50 per cent or more stake in a business, with responsibility for key management decision making;

p Australian Government Private and Corporate Sector Award for employees in the private and corporate sector or owners with less than a 50 per cent share of a business;

p Hudson Community and Government Award applying to employees of Government departments, statutory bodies and not-for-profit organisations; and

p Panasonic Young Business Women’s Award for women aged 30 years and under with any of the above criteria.

Nominations close for the WA awards on May 21. They can be made online at www.businesswomensawards.telstra.com or by

phoning 1800 817 536.

Entries close on June 18.

According to the latest Australian Women in Leadership Census, more than 49 per cent of Australian companies have no women executive managers.

Women represent only 8.8 per cent of all executive managers in Australia – compared with 12.5 per cent in the US in 2001 and the 9.8 per cent reported in the Canadian 2001 census.

More than 47 per cent of Australian companies have no women directors, with women representing only 8.4 per cent of board directors.

Just four of Australia’s top 200 companies, which represent 90 per cent of Australia’s market capitalisation, have a woman CEO.

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