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The culture of science is premised on the idea that there are no barriers; that everybody is treated equally as long as they put in the effort. from www.shutterstock.com

‘Walking into a headwind’ – what it feels like for women building science careers

Parliament has a problem retaining experienced women – and so does science. Working in STEMM places women in an ideological dilemma that is exhausting to confront, and feels impossible to change.
Teaching students about how ancient civilizations used geometry to build structures like the pyramids in Egypt is part of a new integrated approach to learning science, technology, engineering and math. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

Let’s teach students why math matters in the real world

To get more students interested in STEM subjects, teachers must break out of the traditional subject-matter silos and use an approach that helps kids understand how math is used in the real world.
Among women who are familiar with Scully’s character in ‘The X-Files,’ half say Scully increased their interest in STEM fields, according to a report. Photos are courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

25 Years after The X-Files premiered, Dana Scully is still inspiring women to pursue STEM careers

When 'The X-Files' launched 25 years ago, many women were inspired by Dr. Dana Scully to pursue science – a phenomenon known as the 'Scully Effect.' Entomologist Jessica Ware shares her story.
Coastal geoscience and engineering is a broad discipline focused on physical processes at the interface of land and sea. Marco Ferraz

Gender inequalities in science won’t self-correct: it’s time for action

For twenty years people had been telling me how lucky I was to be in our field of research because “things” were changing for young women. Twenty years later “things” had not changed.
Andrews is known to be a supporter of science, saying ‘we all need to make sure we are making decisions based on evidence, not opinions.’ Paul Miller/AAP

Australia needs boldness and bravery from Karen Andrews, the new minister for industry, science and technology

Her track record suggests Andrews is likely to be a strong advocate and effective representative for the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) sector. But many challenges remain.
The Conversation publishes analysis and stories written by academics with a current university affiliation. from www.shutterstock.com

Who writes science and technology stories? More men than women

If you already write for The Conversation, thank you! But less than 30% of story pitches to our Science and Technology section come from women.
LGBTQ+ scientists feel like they have to come out over and over again. Jon Tyson on Unsplash

Why I joined #500queerscientists

In many ways, science can be as much about the people doing it as the science itself. A new online initiative is addressing the invisibility of LGBTQ+ people in science.
A crowd of people moving at different rates is a form of turbulence. from www.shutterstock.com

Turbulence isn’t just a science problem

You might be familiar with turbulence as you experience it on a plane, or as scholars describe combustible forces of social change. But understanding how it operates is far more complex.
Mission specialist Sally Ride became the first American woman to fly in space. NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

Astronaut Sally K. Ride’s legacy – encouraging young women to embrace science and engineering

35 years ago Sally Ride became the first American woman in space. But rather than focus on her own extraordinary achievements, her passion became boosting the number of girls pursuing STEM. Another pioneering astronaut remembers her friend and colleague.

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