Women in science

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I’m proud to be a member of a government that believes in science and especially one that supports women in science.

In today’s tech driven world, STEM skills are vital, and that’s why our government initiated the diversity in STEM review, which is aimed at eliminating barriers in STEM education and workplaces and at addressing the gender pay gap.

Recently I met women leading the charge in STEM. Doctors Marina Jelinic and Sarah Lensen are driving progress in cardiovascular biology and IVF research.

While doctors Emma Watson and Victoria Wansink are making strides in medicinal chemistry and microbiology respectively.

We spoke about the challenges of doing your PhD and juggling a competitive career field with care-giving duties.

The dedication of these fantastic women is driving progress, shaping our future and highlighting the talent we have right here in Australia. 

We are committed to boosting diversity in STEM, creating more opportunities for Australians to thrive in well-paid roles.

But, despite progress, only 15 per cent of STEM jobs are held by women.

So it’s great to see the National Health and Medical Research Council meet its 50-50 funding targets through the Investigator Grants program, giving more women the opportunity to excel in research.

There is still so much more to do. We need to keep challenging stereotypes surrounding STEM careers, and Labor is committing to do just that.

We are pushing for diversity and inclusion, crucial steps in building a strong, homegrown, STEM workforce.

Our vision is clear: we are crafting a future, made in Australia, powered by innovation and enriched by the diverse talents of our workforce.