Dear Colleagues,

Today we recognise International Women’s Day. This year’s theme is “Choose to Challenge”. It is a call to action - to be alert to gender bias, to recognise inequality, and to make change that leads to greater equity.

At Monash Engineering, gender equity is a priority every day, not just today. It is fundamental to our culture, and explicitly included in our strategic plan. We have committed to encouraging everyone to make their own unique, valuable contribution to a better, more sustainable world - through Engineering.

Dedicated days like International Women’s Day remind us to reflect on where we are and plan our next change. What will you change today?


Together with colleagues in STEMM and Education, we are supporting the Monash Women in STEMM #choosetocelebrate Kudoboard. Join in to celebrate our female Monash STEMM community.

Get Social

This year, we are encouraged to choose one of the IWD selfie cards and join in online with our pledge. Remember to tag #ChooseToChallenge, #monashengineers, @monashengineering.

Support the Community

I am honored to be speaking at the ‘Women in STEM in the time of the pandemic’ conference hosted by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research, International Federation of Engineering Education Societies and Global Engineering Dean’s Council. You can join any of the six sessions for free, running near continuously from today into the early hours of tomorrow morning. Or I might catch you at one of the other IWD events being held in our community, including the ‘Pancakes and Powerful Women’ morning tea this morning co-host by FEM and MSA (all welcome), or the International Women’s Day event for Professoriate (Level E) hosted by Professor Rebekah Brown on Friday.

Best regards,

Professor Elizabeth Croft
Dean of Engineering, Monash University