Getting more women into the workplace has been flagged up as a pressing issue by the Scottish Government.
According to first minister Alex Salmond, unemployment in Scotland recently fell by the biggest amount in more than a year. This, he said, means the employment rate in the country is above the UK average.
However, he insisted more still needs to be done, as many females in particular have not "shared in that job success".
Mr Salmond has therefore confirmed the first ever Women's Employment Summit will be staged in Scotland before the end of 2012.
This showcase of jobs and careers for women will involve public and private sector organisations, while voluntary groups will also take part.
The announcement has been hailed by Christina McKelvie of the Scottish National Party, who said female employment is a "serious issue" right now.
"Women have a lot to offer our economy and we must do everything we can to ensure we utilise these talents and abilities," she commented.
Ms McKelvie insisted that getting more females into employment is critical both for households around the country and the wider economy.
"Women's progress in the workplace needs to be nurtured and I believe this summit is a strong step in doing that," she stated.
Mr Salmond also insisted that the skills and experience of women should not be under-utilised, particularly at a time when Scotland is going through "tough economic times".
The first minister said the Women's Employment Summit will be an important step towards creating more jobs for females and helping them find suitable positions.
Trade union STUC will work with the Scottish Government in delivering the summit, as the number of women out of work north of the border is one of its main concerns at the moment.
General secretary Grahame Smith said his organisation is looking forward to working "constructively" with the Holyrood administration on the issue during the next few months.
Mr Salmond identified jobs as the main priority of the Scottish Government and said this is a value it shares with STUC. He added that policymakers have already begun working with the union on issues such as getting more women into the manufacturing industry.