Dr Marian Baird AO
Professor of Gender and Employment Relations
University of Sydney Business School

Dr Marian Baird AO is Professor of Gender and Employment Relations, Head of the Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies, and Co-Director of the Women, Work and Leadership Research Group in the University of Sydney Business School. Marian was instrumental in providing research and advocating for the Australian Paid Parental Leave Scheme introduced in 2010 and was a member of the Scheme’s Evaluation Team. Marian is currently a Chief Investigator on the research stream ‘Organisations and the Mature Workforce’ in Australia’s Centre of Excellence on Population Ageing Research. She is one of Australia’s leading researchers in the fields of parental leave, women, work and family and for over twenty years has worked with unions, business and government on gender equitable organisational change and work and family policy in Australia and the Asia-Pacific. In 2016 Marian was awarded an Order of Australia for her work on advancing gender equity in Australian workplaces and contributions to higher education. In 2013 she received the AFR Women of Influence Award for Public Policy, and in 2018 and 2019 she was named as one of Apolitical’s top 100 gender advocates globally. She has contributed to many government advisory boards and reference groups relating to parental leave, gender equity and sexual harassment in Australian workplaces.

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