The Athena Swan charter commits research institutions to create a gender inclusive workplace, through taking action and being held accountable. 15 Australian institutions are now bronze awardees.
Efforts to reduce the gender gap and encourage more women in Australian astronomy have been rewarded this week.
More young women and girls could be encouraged to look to a career in science thanks to the new Superstars in STEM project.
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.
Attracting women to careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is one issue, keeping them there is another.
It's fitting that on International Women's Day we recognise the fact that greater diversity in science boosts research and its economic outcomes.
The push to bridge the gender gap and encourage more women and girls into a career in science gets the backing of the United Nations special day.
What is it like to be a woman working in the sciences? While there are hurdles to overcome, there are joys as well. The new SAGE initiative hopes to make STEM even more amenable to women.