One in a million
I genuinely thought that the sexes were equal. But the real world isn’t like that. It took a really long time to make peace with that.”
“Coming out of Abbotsleigh was a really big shock because I genuinely thought that the sexes were equal. But the real world isn’t like that. It took a really long time to make peace with that.”
Baillie provides the example of being in her late 20s and a friend of hers, who was also a chief executive of a financial services firm in Australia, saying that no-one would hire her because she was a female and had just gotten married so everyone would assume she’d have children.
“He said 'I wouldn’t hire you’. He was young and relatively progressive and there was this entrenched stereotyping.” The friend wasn’t being nasty, just realistic.
As such, Baillie has her reservations about the true impact of the gender diversity debate in corporate Australia.
“I’m sceptical about the effectiveness of the politically correct diversity movement. I think there are some wonderful true believers, but they are in the minority,” she says.
“If I could play a role and help other females who are interested in economics then that’s what I’m passionate about because it is a lonely journey. I was at a Christmas lunch the other day and there were 12 people and I was the only female. When I was younger, I might have found that intimidating but now I don’t.”
She says living in Hong Kong was quite liberating.
“There’s a perception that it’s more conservative and women don’t have as many rights. But I felt being in a vibrant, dynamic international mixing pot, there were far more female role models than in Australia.”
Maybe because of her heritage, or her experiences, Baillie has a strong streak on internationalism. She’s proud of her European background. When 15, and at school in Munich, the Berlin Wall came down.
“In the weeks before it happened people were coming in from Eastern Germany and the Czech Republic. It was a pivotal moment for me. I understood where I was from.”
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