Women not ‘ con­fi­dent’

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

RIO Tinto boss Sam Walsh is look­ing to fill the com­pany’s se­nior ranks with more women, but says fe­male em­ploy­ees need to be more con­fi­dent. With 82 per cent of the min­ing gi­ant’s work­force made up of men, Mr Walsh has ac­knowl­edged that the gen­der gap needs to be closed, es­pe­cially within Rio’s se­nior man­age­ment ranks. “One of the big­gest chal­lenges is that you throw a job op­por­tu­nity at a bloke and he says, ‘ I can do that, I’ve got all the back­ground, I know ex­actly what I should do’,” Mr Walsh told a min­ing din­ner in Lon­don. “You throw the same op­por­tu­nity at a woman and ... well ` I’ve never done that be­fore, it would be a huge stretch’, and what- have- you.”

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