The focus of this project isn’t on any one particular accounting firm but on the
accounting profession as a whole to see how many women are actually partners in the firms.
Several of the studies that have been done have revealed that the percentage of women as
partners in accounting firms is extremely low. The percentages of women partners in the
accounting firms have been in the teens for several years and are still currently only in the
teens. These figures were startlingly low in the United States so | wondered if women
internationally were also facing these same problems. The international countries that | will be
examining to see if they are facing the same problems are Australia and New Zealand. This
paper will discuss for each country the history of women in accounting, laws against sexual
discrimination, process of becoming a partner at an accounting firm, and the reasons women
aren’t becoming partners in accounting firms. After discussing the reasons women aren’t
becoming partners in accounting firms there will be suggestions to increase the number of
women in partners.