Boosting Australia’s Health and Economy: fostering an environment where more women in STEMM can lead and excel

This week Women in STEMM AUSTRALIA co-founder Dr Marguerite Evans-Galea shares her closing address from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Women in STEM Workshop: “Expanding Opportunity and Innovation by Strengthening the Presence of Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math” which was part of the APEC Women and the Economy Forum held last month in … More Boosting Australia’s Health and Economy: fostering an environment where more women in STEMM can lead and excel

Culturally Diverse Women in STEMM: Smashing Two Ceilings

Going up the career ladder in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) is indeed hard. Even harder if you are a woman and hardest when you are a woman of diverse background. A significant proportion of graduates in western countries are culturally diverse women, many of them amongst our top performers; but this is … More Culturally Diverse Women in STEMM: Smashing Two Ceilings

Where to from here?

I am a second year PhD student and, naturally, I spend a fair bit of my time wondering whether I should I pursue academic research as a career. For the first time in my life, I am considering my gender in my decision. Stats don’t lie In my experience, gender discrimination isn’t rampant at an … More Where to from here?

Remarkably Simple: how sharing the stories of women in science can bring people together

“It has been hard for me, therefore it will have to be hard for you and I won’t help you with any of it.” I can still hear my Honours supervisor telling me this, when I asked her about her journey as a scientist. She was one of the very few female group leaders in … More Remarkably Simple: how sharing the stories of women in science can bring people together

Same same, but different: what can we learn from gender ratios between disciplines?

I have always been passionate about gender equity in all aspects of life, and particularly in science. I started my scientific career with a PhD in astrophysics and then moved to a medical research institute. So I have seen, first hand, differences in gender equity across disciplines. Believe me, these differences are not inconsequential; they … More Same same, but different: what can we learn from gender ratios between disciplines?

The Penny Drops – Why Women Leave Academia

This week, emerging cancer researcher Dr Nikola Bowden shares her personal perspective about a recent ‘near-miss’ event in her professional life – the near-end of her research career. Nikola graduated from the University of Newcastle with a B. Biomedical Science (Honours) and a PhD in Medical Genetics in 2006. Since then, Nikola has been a … More The Penny Drops – Why Women Leave Academia