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?
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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.
National Press Club of Australia
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.
Sometimes the best way to learn is to build a robot.
The FIRST robotics competition brings school students together to build a robot to complete a challenge. And it's an inspiring way to encourage interest in STEM.
Women scientists are far more common today than they were in the early 1900s.
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Women have come a long way in science, but plenty of work remains. After all, gender bias in science doesn't happen in a vacuum.
Evidence shows science benefits from having researchers from both genders and a wide range of backgrounds.
It's fitting that on International Women's Day we recognise the fact that greater diversity in science boosts research and its economic outcomes.
Plenty more needs doing to help plug the gender gap in science.
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.
Does it need to be so hard to be a mom and a professor?
The limits of fertility and an elongated academic career path are currently at odds. If the choice to bear children contributes to the 'leaky pipeline' of women in STEM, what can be done?
Malcolm Turnbull has now announced his strategy to promote innovation and science in Australia.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull today announced the National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA). Here's what it means for science, commercialisation and industry in Australia.
Bright ideas need help to come to fruition.
Innovation is all the rage, but it require real reform to promote. Here are five things we could do to improve innovation in Australia.
How much do hiring decisions in academia factor in the gender of the applicant?
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Previous research found a preference in academia for hiring stellar female candidates over stellar male candidates for STEM jobs. A new study investigated what happens if applicants aren't as evenly matched.
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The new 'science play' Photograph 51 is hot on the heels of a host of others, including Stoppard's The Hard Problem. Why are audiences attracted to these right now?