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Women represent just 16% of Australians with STEM qualifications – and research shows that unconscious bias and stereotypes influence us from as young as nine years old.

Below, you can browse our coverage of the gender gap in STEM – or head to our women in STEM profile archive for hundreds of stories of inspiring women smashing stereotypes with awesome careers in science, technology, engineering and maths.

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Should STEM matter to your daughter, and to you?

Funded by the Australian Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, the Girls in STEM Toolkit (aka The GiST) is a new website that features pages of inspiring and informative content aimed at students, teachers and families.
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QUIZ: What’s your STEMinist score?

Only 16% of Australia's STEM qualified workforce are women. How informed are you about the gender gap in STEM? Take our quiz to find out.
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Women who want to study engineering at UTS will now get 10 extra ATAR...

We asked four women in engineering what they thought about the move by UTS to add 10 points to the ATAR score of women who want to study engineering, and this is what they said
Sogand and Chelsie

Battle of The Bachelor’s STEMinists: civil vs chemical engineering, explained

It’s no secret that we’ve been crushing on bachelor Matt Agnew’s epic astrophysics-turned-data-science career since the Ten series started, but it’s the female contestants...
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Women in STEM earn 16% less than men: closing the gender pay gap

The gender pay gap is wider in STEM than the rest of the workforce, according to new survey results: experts describe what needs to happen to close the gap.
Sally Ann Williams

We need more girls in tech! (And how you can be part of the...

Sally-Ann Williams has worked in tech for over 10 years – and often finds she’s the only woman in the room. But it’s time for a change, she says
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VIDEO: The gender gap in STEM starts as young as 9 years old

Only 16% of Australian STEM professionals are women... but, why? Statistics from the Office of the Australian Chief Scientist show that that the gender...
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Study shows little gender difference in maths and science at school

A study of the school grades of more than 1.6 million students has shown that girls and boys perform similarly in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects.
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QUIZ: Which famous woman in STEM are you?

These famous female scientists, mathematicians and engineers deserve more credit than they've been given. Take the quiz to see, which famous woman in STEM are you?

Girls: The next generation of STEM leaders

More than half of Aussie girls aged 12-14 want to study STEM, but our enrolments are lower than any other Asia Pacific country. The future is female in STEM... with a little encouragement and a lot of support from parents, teachers and schools to turn these girls in STEM to women in STEM fields.
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The WISE campaign: Women in STEM at Murdoch University

Women in science and engineering are often hard to find. Murdoch University's WISE Campaign Women in STEM day saw prominent women in science encouraging girls in STEM to become future female scientists and female engineers. Year 9 student Kamilla Pal reports on her experience with the WISE Campaign Women in STEM.
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I think we need more women in STEM because… part one

We asked Science & Technology AU CEO, Kylie Walker; Refraction Media Head of Content Heather Catchpole; Refraction Media CEO/Publisher, Karen Taylor-Brown; and CodeRangers CEO, Nicola O'Brien; why we need more women in STEM.

From Albany to Yeppoon: here’s where Friday’s student climate strikes are going down

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This Friday tens of thousands of Australian school kids are expected to ditch class to protest global...

These primary school girls and their amazing app ideas are seriously inspiring

From saving seals to tackling loneliness, a wide array of clever solutions to big problems were presented at the Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero NSW showcase in Sydney.

7 Benefits of Inspiring STEM Education in Young Girls

As automation transforms the global workforce, workers with skills in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) will...