Engaging More Women and Girls in STEM

As the new school year kicks off, the Andrews Government is helping more girls and women across the state engage with Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).

Girls and women are still vastly underrepresented in STEM fields in Australia, which is why we are putting power behind multiple STEM-based programs, initiatives and events, working closely with industry and STEM organisations for girls and women in school, through university and in the workforce.

On January the 28th, at Hawthorn’s own Swinburne University of Technology with Victoria’s Lead Scientist Dr Amanda Caples, Minister Jaala Pulford launched our newest STEM initiative, the Girls in STEM Map. The map is an easy to use online resource listing more than 170 programs and activities designed for girls and women. It can be found here.

The map will help girls and women at the primary, secondary, university and professional levels kick off their STEM engagement with categories in events and awards, internships, and development and mentoring opportunities.

By 2023 in Australia, STEM jobs are predicted to grow faster than all other occupations, making the fields important contributors to economic growth, new jobs and new opportunities for women and girls.