EP 59: Dr Kathryn Evans of Advance Australia Fairly

Season 2, Ep. 23

By June Ramli


Giving Women A Fair Go 


The belief in a ‘fair go’ is embedded in Australian society, yet gender inequality continues to be a problem and it's holding the economy back. S

So what can be done about this ongoing inequality and why should Australia as a nation care? 

Welcome to another episode of 30 minutes with DailyStraits.com.When it comes to gender equality in Australia, one person has heaps of things to say about this topic.

And that one person is Dr Kathryn Evans. 

Evans recently penned a book titled Advance Australia Fairly- on why there is a need for Australia to have a national plan for gender equality to drive the nation’s success. 

She is the Australian Managing Director of a multinational biotechnology company. As a qualified pharmacist, Kathryn made her mark as a top salesperson for companies such as Roche, Cochlear and Sanofi, before going on to earn her MBA.

She was awarded a Doctor of Business Administration in 2019 for her influential research on women in senior leadership, and in 2020 her research findings were published in the Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources.

Our chat with Evans is going to revolve around the book itself and how Australian business can do better by incalculating more women in the top management.


In this podcast, we discuss: 



  1. As a woman in a high position in a multinational company, how hard was it for you to climb the corporate ladder?
  2. In most offices, workers are barred from discussing our salaries with our co-workers in the open, but generally men do get paid more because of the traditional concept that they are breadwinners of a family and hence they need more pay. So, with all of this in mind, how do you propose that we close the gender pay gap among men and women in Australia?
  3. How can Australian businesses support more women to participate more fully in our labour market and more…


Without further ado, let’s listen and watch the interview with Evans here:


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