Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith, the Australian Government’s Women in STEM ambassador, delivered a compelling address on gender equity at the National Press Club in Canberra on Wednesday 27 October.
Harvey-Smith, an astronomy researcher at UNSW Sydney, spoke about cultivating a sense of wonder and curiosity in young people, the importance of diversifying the STEM workforce and what we can all do to promote gender equity in STEM.
The address was part of the 2019 Science meets Parliament program.
SAGE was given special mention as a powerful tool for implementing change at the institutional level, highlighting the “many initiatives designed to make workplaces more people-friendly” that SAGE facilitates.
The Women in STEM Decadal Plan, jointly developed by the Australian Academy of Science and Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, was also acknowledged. Harvey-Smith said the plan “set the direction for the STEM sector to take action on gender equity”.
Harvey-Smith also mentioned the STEM Women database as a great way to find role models working in the STEM sector for speaking and mentoring opportunities.