News and Events

Women in medical leadership: The glass ceiling is alive and well

30 September 2019

When the highly esteemed Professor Priscilla Kincaid-Smith was a young doctor in the 1950s, she defied the government of South Africa to work in the slums of Soweto.

Fearless Girl should provide the spark to inspire more female engineers

7 March 2019

A small girl stands with her hands on her hips, her feet firmly grounded, her face struck with an expression of calm resolution.

Busting the gender stereotype of what a scientist 'looks like'

6 March 2019

“Huh? You don’t look like a scientist!” I’ve been the recipient of this puzzling statement made by numerous puzzled people over the course of my so-far-short, but as far as I can tell, not-so-puzzling scientific career.

Monash achieves Athena SWAN Bronze award

07 December 2018

Monash has successfully achieved an inaugural Athena SWAN Bronze award through the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) initiative.

More women in architecture, but gender inequality remains in leadership roles

28 November 2018

In 2012, the website and advocacy group Parlour published its first, and devastating, statistical portrayal of the loss of women from the architecture profession and their sparseness at senior levels.

Monash University recognised for strides in gender equality

21 February 2018

Monash University has again solidified its stance as a leader in workplace gender equality, receiving the prestigious Employer of Choice for Gender Equality.

Women's Mentoring

7 December 2017

Participants of 2017 Women's Mentoring Program attended the end of the year celebration to reflect on the year’s achievements and share their learning and experiences over high tea. Deputy Chancellor, Chair of Monash College and former Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police, Dr Christine Nixon was welcomed as guest speaker.

Our 30 year gender equity journey

6 November 2017

Did you know that we appointed our very first Equal Opportunity Coordinator in 1987? We met with Dr Margaret James 30 years since she first took on her pioneering role as the University’s first Equal Opportunity Coordinator.

Athena SWAN is making a positive impact on gender equity

7 September 2017

Panel members spoke about inclusive culture, policies and practices for recruitment, promotion, achievement relative to opportunity as well as flexible work and support for parents and carers.

Diversity and Inclusion Week at Monash

17 August 2017

Each year, Diversity and Inclusion Week brings together our staff and students to celebrate the diversity of the Monash community and strengthen our inclusive culture.

Support for parents and carers

17 July 2017

Becoming a parent is a significant milestone in life, often followed by navigating the practical challenges associated with the subsequent return to work.

International play to highlight the plight of three pioneer women scientists

7 July 2017

We like to think we have come a long way, but have we?

Monash appoints Professor Elizabeth Croft as new Dean, Faculty of Engineering

23 June 2017

Professor Croft is recognised internationally as an expert in the field of human robotic interaction but also brings an exceptional track record in advancing women’s representation and participation in engineering.

Monash ranked ‘excellent’ in equity

01 June 2017

Monash has long been a champion of gender equity. We celebrate the strength that difference creates and are committed to creating a fair and equitable workplace.

New patron of Gender, Peace and Security Centre

29 May 2017

Dr Sharman Stone, Australia's advocate for Women and Girls, was appointed as an inaugural Patron of Monash University's Gender, Peace and Security (GPS) Centre.

Recognition for LGBTIQ workplace inclusion

26 May 2017

Established in 2010 the AWEI is the national benchmarking instrument for LGBTIQ workplace inclusion. It allows employers to assess the inclusiveness of their policies, practices and strategies.

Lend your voice to the Staff Equity Survey

04 May 2017

At Monash, we believe that embracing diversity – in all its forms – makes us better as a University and stronger as a community.

Monash earns reaccreditation as a White Ribbon workplace

30 March 2017

Monash University has been reaccredited as a White Ribbon workplace in recognition of the ongoing investment into addressing violence against women and improving safety, respect and gender equality.

BDI announces Outstanding Women in Science Fellowship

08 March 2017

Throwing its support behind females in science, the Biomedicine Discovery Institute (BDI) has launched a new fellowship in recognition of the outstanding work women are doing in the field.

We celebrate International Women's Day

08 March 2017

Monash is a proud supporter of International Women’s Day highlighting our ongoing commitment to supporting diversity and inclusion.

Applications invited for the Advancing Women’s Research Success Grant

20 December 2016

Female academics with primary carer responsibilities can apply for up to $11,000 to support a range of research activities to enhance their research productivity. Closing date: 13 Feb 2017 .

Keeping gender equality on the radar

7 December 2016

For the third year in a row, Monash has been recognised as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency.

Specialist family violence courts across Australia would improve women’s safety: research finds

25 November 2016

Monash University Criminologist Dr Kate Fitz-Gibbon argues a stronger commitment to specialist family violence courts nationally would improve women’s safety and perpetrator accountability.

New paid leave for caregivers

2 December 2016

As part of our commitment to providing greater flexibility for parents, new paid leave options for spouses who have primary responsibility of a newborn are now available to eligible staff.

Invitation to White Ribbon Day 2016

9 November 2016

Monash became the first Australian university to achieve accreditation as a White Ribbon workplace, a program promoting respectful relationships, a culture of zero tolerance for violence, sexual assault or harassment and improving gender equality in the workplace. Staff are invited to attend our annual White Ribbon Day event on Friday 25 November. You can also become involved by completing a brief White Ribbon Survey

Monash science leader wins 2016 Telstra Victorian Business Women’s Public Sector and Academia Award

19 October 2016

Monash University science leader Dr Rowan Brookes has won a prestigious Telstra Victorian Business Women’s Award for her leadership in science research and education.The journey to my current position involved leaving school without any qualifications, completing a PhD whilst raisingmy young family and overcoming many other significant barriers,” she said.

Write Yourself to Success

13 October 2016

Applications are now closed. Female academics are invited to register for a pilot program, starting in November 2016. The program is designed to further develop your writing skills and help you succeed in preparing grant applications, papers and awards.

Trailblazing engineer scoops international accolade from prestigious institution

19 September 2016

Professor Jean Armstrong has been awarded the Mountbatten Medal for her outstanding contribution, over a sustained period, to the promotion of electronics and their application. She is the second woman to win the Mountbatten Medal since it was founded in 1982

Expectant and New Parents’ Guide

16 September 2016

We have updated our Expectant and New Parents' Guide to explain relevant policies, procedures and support structures that are available to expectant and new parents at Monash University.

Advancing Gender Equality in STEMM

14 September 2016

You are invited to attend the Advancing Gender Equality in STEMM event on 4 October 2016, held during Diversity and Inclusion Week. This event presents an excellent opportunity for you to find out more about the Athena SWAN program and find out how you can provide input on gender equity initiatives in STEMM.

Closing the gender gap

08 September 2016

President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Margaret Gardner AO, said we must embrace diversity to be truly excellent. This is why Professor Gardner signed the Pay Equity Pledge in 2015 to become one of only 100 Workplace Gender  Equality Agency Pay Equity Ambassadors.

New female recruits in engineering

17 August 2016

We are welcoming two talented early career recruits, Dr Julie Karel and Dr Faezeh Marzbanrad, to Faculty of Engineering, as part of the University’s continuing drive to recruit more women into the fields of science, technology, engineering, medicine and maths.

Applications invited for Senior Women’s Shadowing Program

25 May 2016

The Senior Women’s Shadowing Program aims to enhance leadership capabilities of high potential female staff. Successful applicants will be matched with a member of the Senior Management Team and have the opportunity to shadow them for a total of six half days.

Monash recongised for academic gender equity achievements

23 September 2015

Monash has been named as a finalist in the The Hon. Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO Award for Gender Equity in the Workplace.