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Women Face a Thicket of Obstacles

By Susan Pond

Gender equality in science, technology and engineering will be a long process.

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Women in science, technology and engineering in Australia face a thicket of obstacles in achieving their potential and using their skills to boost Australian innovation and productivity.

In the June 2014 edition of Issues magazine, Marguerite Evans-Galea and Oliver Jones urged us to “tell all young girls (and boys) in Australia that they too can find alternative energy solutions, design the bridges of tomorrow, explore the origins of the universe and develop treatments for incurable diseases”. The Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) agrees.

ATSE Fellows are celebrated for their achievements in applied sciences, technology and engineering. In 2010, the Academy recognised and took steps to achieve significant and sustainable increases in the representation of women in leadership positions and redress the gender imbalance within its own ranks.

As the first step, the Board endorsed and published the ATSE Gender Equity Policy Statement and then set about ensuring that women were well-represented on ATSE’s Board of Directors and major committees. On most occasions, all that was required to achieve this goal was to slow down the thought processes when names were being considered for positions and raise the question: which women...

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