Dinosaurs walk among us – but are we all that much more evolved than them?

If I were to write an outraged article tearing down Gerry Harvey’s outdated and misogynistic comments regarding women on boards, most people in my network would agree, and think that this is just one of the dinosaurs coming out for a play, and who will soon fade away into irrelevance. However, think about this: after reading similar … Continue reading Dinosaurs walk among us – but are we all that much more evolved than them?

Make time for gender equity

Do you 'care about gender equity'? Do you 'care about women'? Are you invested in doing something because you have daughters or a wife? Yes? Great. My next question: how much time do you actually spend thinking, researching, reflecting, and acting to achieve gender equity? Throughout my years of being a gender equity champion (and being … Continue reading Make time for gender equity

Bosses, breasts and BS: why we need diversity in our design teams

Last week, I had to develop a non-academic and non-industry CV for a leadership program application. Taking all that I had read on CVs that are engaging and belong in 2018, I set out to make a spiffy CV with icons that added a little bit of character. However, I couldn’t ignore the bias that … Continue reading Bosses, breasts and BS: why we need diversity in our design teams

#Pressforprogress GE Australia Podcast

I spoke to GE Australia to celebrate 2018 International Women's Day, and discuss how I will #pressforprogress and challenge stereotypes and bias. You can find the podcast here, and listen to Kylie Walker (CEO STA and Chair of the Australian National Commission for UNESCO), Dr Ronika Power, (2017 Superstar of STEM & Lecturer in Bioarchaeology), Max … Continue reading #Pressforprogress GE Australia Podcast

Don’t let young women ‘just get on with it’

This year Australia, and particularly our scientific community, was ecstatic at the naming of Prof Michelle Simmons as Australian of the Year. Her work in quantum computing at the University of New South Wales, and launching Australia into ‘the space race of the computing era’ makes her a more than worthy recipient of this award. … Continue reading Don’t let young women ‘just get on with it’

Inspiring girls and women into STEM

I wrote this article for the "In their words" section of the ANU Reporter published November 2017. We don’t need to inspire more young girls and women into STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. We need to stop telling them they can’t do it in the first place. Telling girls and young women that they … Continue reading Inspiring girls and women into STEM

What makes Engineers Australia’s Best Student Group in Gender Diversity?

In August 2017, we were over the moon when Fifty50 was named Engineers Australia’s Most Encouraging Student Group/Not for Profit in Gender Diversity. With our attendance supported by the Australian National University College of Engineering and Computer Science, six of our 30+ team were accompanied by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Prof Margaret Harding and our … Continue reading What makes Engineers Australia’s Best Student Group in Gender Diversity?

What’s really driving the STEM crisis?

This article is in response to “STEM crisis threatens Australia’s business future’. I agree with the premise that Australia needs to fix our broken and leaky STEM pipeline, and that we need to increase selection of STEM subjects in secondary school, as well as female participation in STEM at all stages of the pipeline. However, … Continue reading What’s really driving the STEM crisis?

Smashing gender stereotypes in STEM

In July 2017, I was honoured to be one of the 30 women of the Science & Technology Australia's Superstars of STEM program, announced by Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Senator the Hon Arthur Sinodinos AO. After some encouragement from my mentor, I applied for this program in May. Why? I want to change the … Continue reading Smashing gender stereotypes in STEM