Women in STEMM

Monash has made strong improvements in gender equity. However, we need to keep driving change, particularly in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM), where the current ratio of women in senior academic roles is one in five.

Science in Australia Gender Equality (SAGE) reports that while women comprise more than half of science PhD graduates and early career researchers, just 17 per cent of senior academics in Australian universities and research institutes are women. The loss of so many female scientists is a significant waste of expertise, talent and investment, which impacts our nation’s scientific productivity.

That’s why we’re an inaugural member of the SAGE pilot of Athena SWAN, an accreditation program designed to enhance gender equality in STEMM disciplines. Building on our gender balance, recruitment and retention of brilliant women academics, our inclusion in this program extends our capacity to enhance gender equity across STEMM disciplines.

By working towards an Athena SWAN Institutional Bronze Award in 2018, we are putting the spotlight on identifying and implementing practical strategies to make a real difference towards achieving gender equity in STEMM.