How Liberty continues to champion women in finance

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With 43% of leadership roles being held by women along with progressive policies that earned the non-bank second place on Work180’s list of top workplaces, Liberty is leading the charge for women.

On one day in March each year, women are celebrated the world over for International Women’s Day. At Liberty, every day presents an opportunity to champion women – and the non-bank lender has the accolades to show it does exactly that.

Awarded second place on Work180’s list of Australia’s top 101 workplaces for women, and the current Women in Finance Award recipient, Liberty walks the talk when it comes to championing women.

Recognising the challenges faced by women in the finance industry, the leading lender offers tailored programs, progressive policies and considered office facilities to help address the unique needs of women team members.

Acutely aware of the importance of representation, 43% of all leadership roles at Liberty are held by women.

State Sales Manager Christine Gough has just celebrated 10 years with Liberty and felt it apt that this anniversary coincided with this year’s International Women’s Day.

“When I reflect on the last 10 years, I know my learnings wouldn’t have been possible without being included, invested in, encouraged, supported, advocated for and sponsored by people in the Liberty community,” Ms Gough said.

“Having the confidence to speak up and be heard is crucial, especially for women in industries such as ours. Liberty understands the importance of agency and representation for all members of our community. It disappoints me that after two decades in my industry, which I dearly love, I still see women facing bias and situations that are unacceptable. That's why I'm proud to be part of a company that empowers women to find their voices and create a more inclusive work environment for all genders.”

Working closely with WGEA, Liberty is also dedicated to closing the gender pay gap. In the recent report on gender pay gap, Liberty was a clear industry leader with a median gap of 15.3%, well below the industry average of 25.6%. While pleased with their progress, Liberty recognises there is still plenty of work to be done.

“While we’re proud of how far we’ve come, any gap is too great. We’re not scared to talk about it, and we’re working diligently to improve this for our team members. We’ll continue striving to be an example for the industry of the importance of inclusion and equality in the workplace.”

Liberty takes conscious action to provide a fair and equal workplace to support every individual along their career journeys. Recognising that ensuring equal opportunities for women in finance is crucial, progression to leadership roles is actively encouraged.

Liberty provides Women in Leadership and Women in Sales programs to support and empower women in their careers. With regular workshops and a network of likeminded individuals, participants are equipped with the tools and support to help them be successful and to identify future women leaders.

And it’s not just within the business that Liberty is making a difference for women. Aware of the power of women helping women, Gough and her colleagues are advocates for women in the broking space, keen to see more females join the industry.

“We know that more women are buying property on their own, and who better to understand the challenges they face than a female broker who has had to overcome similar barriers? We’d love to see 50:50 representation of women in broking, and we’re active in all our industry interactions in supporting and encouraging women into the field.”

“We also understand that our responsibility to champion and advocate for greater diversity and inclusion in the finance industry extends beyond the Liberty community.”

Liberty has been involved in MFAA’s Opportunities for Women reports, signed the Diversity Council of Australia’s #IStandForRespect pledge to end workplace sexual harassment and partners with Vic ICT for its Grad Girls program each year to help women STEM graduates into career pathways.

With its sponsorships of the Liberty A-League women’s football league, Essendon Football Club AFLW and AFL sides as well as the Melbourne Renegades’ WBBL and BBL teams, Liberty has demonstrated its commitment to supporting women on and off the field.

“Liberty is a driver for change and passionate about actively creating an environment that is representative of our wider society.”

Approved applicants only. Lending criteria apply. Liberty Financial Pty Ltd ACN 077 248 983 and Secure Funding Pty Ltd ABN 25 081 982 872 Australian Credit Licence 388133, together trading as Liberty Financial.

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