The gender divide in technology is getting better, but there’s still room to make it easier and to create a better norm
for future generations of women.
Women are under-represented in science, technology engineering and maths (STEM) fields in Australia and the federal government is pouring $3.9m to tackle the issue, awarding funding to 24 organizations across the country.
The development of world-class talent in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) is critical to global leadership and development. Supporting women STEM students and researchers is not only an essential part of a country’s strategy to out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world but also important to women themselves.
Women in STEM jobs earn 33 percent more than those in non-STEM occupations and experience a smaller wage gap relative to men.
Unlike America, Australia is building an inclusive narrative that fosters the development of young girls and women in STEM and our economy will reap the benefits over the longer term.
Other organizations to receive funding include the Canberra-based CBR Innovation, which offers 10-week programs for girls in Canberra and surrounds that include skills workshops, career presentations, field trips and female STEM mentoring.