My father ran one of Sydney’s first nuclear medicine practices and, while at school, I earned extra money picking up patients who needed a scan. Once a female patient asked about my family and on hearing I was one of three daughters, she said ‘Your poor father – no one to carry on the family name!’
That was the moment I realised the achievements of women were often considered less valuable than those of men. I promised myself I would do what I could to challenge those unconscious biases.
At university, I studied computer science and law, and I still refer back to many of the lessons I learned about how to challenge the ways we work.
Today, I’m a business and social change innovator. I work with organisations in the fields of gender equality and diversity, making it easier for girls to explore their own passions, whether that’s computer science, arts or law.
Author: Elise Roberts
Elise is a science, tech and business enthusiast, motivated to connect people with research that will propel their success. With over ten years’ experience working at the intersection of technology and communications across a wide range of industries, Elise enjoys jumping on the latest trends in digital media to share new knowledge with the Australian community.