Class guide to International Women’s Day

Women in STEM

Tuesday, March 8 is International Women’s Day! It’s a day where the world comes together to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women.

And we’re totally here for it. We’ve wrapped up the best activities, memes, events and must-reads for your complete class guide to International Women’s Day.

Tech Girl Movement takes off

The Tech Girls Movement Foundation is launching their 2021 Techgirls Competition with the Hon Shannon Fentiman MP, Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Minister for Women & Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence with an event on the rooftop of Parliament House in Brisbane.

Hosted by GWI, this event will bring together Techgirls students with industry partners to give showcase their work in solving VIP problems in their local communities.

The Techgirls competition has been running since 2014 and give girls access to hands-on technology and programs to build their skills and confidence. Enter the competition here.

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Meet the Chief Scientist

Image provided: Prof Cathy Foley AO
Image provided: Prof Cathy Foley AO, Australia’s Chief Scientist

Australia’s Chief Scientist, Cathy Foley, has had a long and inspiring career in science. Read our profile of Cathy here.

Cathy is one of hundreds of women in STEM profiled on this site. 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.


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Girls Day Out in STEM

Girls Day Out in STEM (GDOS) empowers and inspires girls aged 10 -14 years towards a career in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) in a fun, safe and engaging environment.

There’s a bunch of dates for these virtual events with the first on Sun March 7. Girls will hear from professional women in STEM, learn about important contributions already made by other young girls in the field and opportunities a future in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths can bring. They can also engage in fun masterclasses and have a chance to win lots of prizes and signed books. Register here for this free event. 

World’s largest drones day

One Giant Leap Australia Foundation in conjunction with International Women’s Day is conducting a STEM based Drone Day to be run by the Gadget Girlz with support from DJI, the world’s largest drone provider. The day will be held at the Hawkesbury Model Air Sports facility on Bandon Road, Vineyard from 9.00am to 3.00pm on Saturday 6th March 2021.

The Gadget Girlz is a group of women and girls who have an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, The Arts and Mathematics (STEAM). They work to encourage all women to try new things and give new opportunities a go! They are not trying to take over the world – yet.

The day will highlight the exciting technology advances and STEM activities that are available to Women and Girls as part of Australia’s future workforce.

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Happy International Women’s Day, STEM friends!

Heather Catchpole

Author: Heather Catchpole

Heather co-founded Careers with STEM publisher Refraction Media. She loves storytelling, Asian food & dogs and has reported on science stories from live volcanoes and fossil digs


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