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Oct 16

Cultural change – don’t assume

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Geoscience Australia’s CEO Dr Chris Pigram bravely commissioned a cultural audit in 2013 with some surprising (or not so surprising) results. Geoscience Australia, or as we commonly refer to our organisation, GA, indeed had the same issues as the rest of the public service when it comes to gender representation and engagement. The 2013 cultural … Continue reading Cultural change – don’t assume

22
Jul 16

Gender Equality in STEM: Houston we have a problem!

I have been fascinated by science, and in particular chemistry, since about the age of 12, and I pursued this interest to career level. Along that journey I sort of accepted that there ‘would not be many other girls in the class’, that my interests were ‘counter to the norm’. Being a minority was a … Continue reading Gender Equality in STEM: Houston we have a problem!

14
Jul 16

Why it’s time to be impatient about gender equality

It’s been more than 15 years since the first workplace equality legislation was introduced in Australia. Yet we’re still a long way from seeing equal pay or an equal number of females in senior roles, particularly in STEM. Quite simply, the time for being patient is over. Being patient means waiting another 118 years until … Continue reading Why it’s time to be impatient about gender equality

13
Jul 16

Conference Highlights: Improving STEM Education & Skills Outcomes, Sydney

Our most recent Improving STEM Education & Skills Outcomes conference took place in Sydney this June. Gathering Principals, Teachers and Heads of Science, Maths and Technologies from across Australia, the agenda focused on how schools can design and implement a transdisciplinary STEM curriculum. Feedback from our delegates Here’s just a snapshot of what attendees had … Continue reading Conference Highlights: Improving STEM Education & Skills Outcomes, Sydney

12
Jul 16

How to keep more girls in IT at schools if we’re to close the gender gap

Karin Verspoor, University of Melbourne The world is increasingly embracing digital technology, and so too are our schools. But many girls are still missing out on developing IT and programming skills. IT classes in schools mostly focus on basic skills, such as how to use email or spreadsheets, or use tablets to access online quizzes … Continue reading How to keep more girls in IT at schools if we’re to close the gender gap

29
Jun 16

Women in STEM: Demystifying mentoring and networking

Have you employed a mentor to help you navigate the professional world? Did you find a mentor during a job search or was it during a transition between careers? Whatever the case, your mentor is most likely the person who provided you expert advice and guidance and, if you are lucky, they inspired you along … Continue reading Women in STEM: Demystifying mentoring and networking

20
Jun 16

Advancing Women in STEM – download the ebook!

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With the nation’s spotlight firmly on the importance of education and training in the STEM fields, there remain ongoing barriers facing women working professionally in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. The challenges of working in male-dominated fields where unconscious bias can stand in the way of career progression, promotion and the awarding of … Continue reading Advancing Women in STEM – download the ebook!

30
May 16

The real reason more women don’t code

I menstruate, and I code. I share this perhaps shocking personal information in the interest of full disclosure, and in solidarity with a new satirical campaign from Girls Who Code. The campaign proposes a simple explanation for the current low numbers of women in tech: that our hormonal cycles interfere with our ability to code. … Continue reading The real reason more women don’t code