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Women in STEM

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  • Question from Antoinette

    Why do you think women should get all this educational aid? Is it even fair?

    Answer from the Office of Queensland Chief Scientist:

    Research shows that women in science and other STEM jobs are under-represented. To help address this, and to also ensure diversity in the workforce (resulting in diversity of ideas), female students are encouraged to consider STEM subjects and STEM careers.

    Without actually setting targets, educational aids and other mechanisms that increase the visibility of women are required from time to time. The Women in STEM Prize gives us a great opportunity to highlight the array of achievements of women working in STEM to young women who may not normally consider studying or working in STEM to provide role models for them.

    Answer from Cecile Godde

    Women are missing in science and in leadership positions. For example, women numbers drop from 53% of female science bachelor graduates to 28% of female researchers. The pipeline is thus very leaky! This is a shame because diversity in science and at the leadership table provides us with a whole set of complementary skills, approaches and leadership styles that are much needed to solve faster our considerable global challenges (such as food security, human health and climate change).

    To avoid a leaky pipeline in science, many interventions are necessary such as supporting women’s visibility and providing trainings for everyone in unconscious bias, particularly in job selection processes.