Globally, women and girls are underrepresented in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
Women & Girls in STEM
Snapshot of disparity in STEM in Australia
- Of the STEM qualified population, women comprised only 17 per cent in 2016.
- Women STEM academics were only 31 per cent in 2016.
- Extremely poor representation of women at senior levels, 14.5 per cent in 2016; Even for traditionally female dominated fields such as biology – in 2016, women comprised 56 per cent of postdoctoral biology academics, but only 18 per cent of professors.
- In engineering, women represented only 12.4 per cent of the workforce in 2016.
- Women earn less than men, with the weekly pay gap currently at 14.2 per cent (average weekly ordinary time earnings for full-time employees).
- Women’s participation is lower for a variety of reasons, from cultural barriers in the workplace through to women being more likely to be a primary carer for children or other family members.
UN Youth Envoy
Social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality.
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