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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 gap in STEM starts as young as 9 years old, and begins with something as simple as drawing.

How can we combat the gender gap in STEM? By actively seeking out the women in STEM doing awesome work, and providing those women as diverse role models for young girls in STEM, we’ll be equipping the next generation with the knowledge that they can pursue whatever career they like.


Looking for role models, mentors, speakers and generally amazing people working in science, technology, engineering and maths?

We’re proud to be combatting the gender gap in STEM, and have profiled hundreds of women in STEM combining STEM with their ‘X’ – their passion, interest or another field.

These women in STEM represent diverse career options for young people looking to pursue a STEM career, and offer in-depth information on the individual pathways they took to get to where they are today.

Email info@refractionmedia.com.au if you’re interested in contacting any of the people featured in this section for mentorship or speaking opportunities.

Discover our list of awesome women in STEM.

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