Mothers need support to manage the demands of a scientific career with their family responsibilities.
Not much attention has been given to how mothers who want to attend workshops and conferences are supported. This simple intervention can boost the presence of women in science.
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Do you ever feel that you're just not good enough for your job?
Women still only make up a small percentage of the Australian game development industry. What’s being done to change this?
Women are making inroads in the gaming industry but progress is slow. We need more flexible workplaces, and perhaps even hiring quotas, to fix the gender imbalance.
It took 80 years for a woman to be awarded the highest prize in mathematics, the Fields Medal.
Mirzakhani was a luminary in her field.
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Mirzakhani blazed to the top of her field due to her talent. But who she was and where she came from also make her a role model for those from underrepresented demographics in the world of math.
Fingers on buzzers.
Househusbands sell well.
Advertisers are partly to blame for women being underrepresented in traditionally male domains such as science.
It’s often self-doubt and gender stereotyping that holds girls back from pursuing science careers.
Society, parents, schools and popular media all perpetuate the myth that girls don't have the brains or ability to be scientists. Of course, that simply isn't true.
Students at the 2017 Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) Camp for Girls at the University of Wollongong.
There are many challenges for young women embarking on a career in science. Here are some tips for how to make it work.
Targets and initiatives are a start but both men and women already in the field need to offer a helping hand.
Are single-sex schools better?
Franklin Park Library
Separating girls and boys takes away opportunities to learn from one another. It also encourages stereotyping and sexism.
John Glenn stands in the NASA mailroom surrounded by thousands of letters sent to him.
John Glenn Archives, The Ohio State University.
Letters from would-be girl astronauts in the 1960s tell part of the complicated story of sexism – in both NASA and the US at large – at the dawn of the space age.
Joseph Mazzello and Jesse Eisenberg in The Social Network (2010): women are rarely depicted in such roles on screen.
New research on gendered roles in top-grossing movies has found that 83% of characters in family films with a STEM career are men.
Is a male culture keeping women from becoming engineers and computer scientists?
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Masculine cultures foster a greater sense of belonging and ability to be successful in boys than they do in girls.
Let’s see how this works.
Cockrell School of Engineering, University of Texas at Austin
Most people have a very limited understanding of what engineers do – and we engineers don't do a good job of expanding that view. But if we did, the benefits could be impressive.
Science demonstration at the Royal Institution.
Lovelace showed great insight into her subject and for that she's still a hero to others.
Prof Emma Johnston at the Sydney Institute of Marine Science has always reported to a male supervisor, never a female.
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Men still outnumber women in senior positions in Australian universities and other workplaces. Women are pushing for change but it's men who can help redress the gender balance.
We can all reach for the stars in The Milky Way over Western Australia.
The drive the get more women involved in science should start at an early age. But as one space researcher found out, girls can get nudged out of science at school.
Professor Amivi Kafui Tete-Benissan (left) teaches cell biology and biochemistry at the University of Lomé, in the capital of Togo.
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Getting more women into science, technology, engineering and maths fields is a process that involves many parts of a society. Several African countries are setting the pace.
Tanya Monro (left), Emma Johnston (centre) and Nalini Joshi (right) at the National Press Club.
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If we want a genuine ideas boom in Australia, then we need to remove the barriers preventing women from reaching the highest levels in science.