Tagged With women in stem

Shared from The Conversation

Without further interventions, the gender gap in the science workforce is likely to persist for generations, particularly in surgery, computer science, physics and maths.

That’s based on research by me and two colleagues, published today in PLOS Biology, which mapped the gender gap using data on 36 million authors of more than 10 million articles published in 6,000 different scientific journals over the past 15 years.

I wanted to find out how many women work in different fields of STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine), and when – if ever – women will be equally represented in the workforce.

"Why do the tech and science industries remain a boys’ club after so many years? How are inroads finally being made? And who are the success stories bucking the trend?"

These are just a few of the questions that are going to be asked at the Women in Tech: Okay Ladies, Now Let’s Get Information panel at this year's Sydney Writers' festival. As a tech site being run by women, we are so there.

Eighty-two per cent of people currently working in Australia's video game industry are men, despite them making up only half of all consumers in what is currently a $3 billion market. In response to this staggering gender disparity, and demand from women wanting to increase their skills in a welcoming environment, Australia's first all-woman game jam "hackathon" will be held in April.

#SheHacksGames is the brainchild of Girl Geek Academy, and co-founder Lisy Kane - an undeniable force for creating positive change in the world of video games.

Growing up, Irene Hsieh was never into tech, or getting her hands dirty. She cared more about makeup and clothes. Hsieh was "okay" in mathematics, enjoyed science and knew she wanted to help people.

Hsieh enrolled into a Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Medical Science, not really sure if it was for her.

Today she is a fourth year student at UTS, where she is the president of the engineering society.

Women simply aren't as good as men at programming. It's just biological. Women just aren't interested in technology. Women are too emotional. Men are more logical, so they code better. Women aren't as technically minded. Women have smaller brains than men. Women don't get very far in their careers because they need to leave to have babies. You wouldn't like the culture. Your nails would hit the wrong keys too much.

No but really, it's biological, it's just science. Women are better suited to caring jobs, like a nurse, or a childcarer.

These are real statements, said by real people - many of whom are working in tech - to excuse the lack of gender diversity in the industry. And it's combating statements like these that drives Holly Tattersall, CEO of mentorship program Women in Digital.

Five brilliant STEM professionals make up Girl Geek Academy, enabling and supporting coding and hackathons, 3D printing and wearables, game development, design, entrepreneurship and startups - all with the aim to get more women in tech, women in games, women who make, female designers and female founders.

Girl Geek Academy has been kicking big goals - and career education giant General Assembly noticed. In a new collaboration, they are launching a $15,000 Web Development Immersive Scholarship to kickstart one woman's career as a developer.

The hallways of maths and science history are overflowing with the achievements of white men, from Sir Isaac Newton to Steve Jobs; their faces are printed into primary school textbooks everywhere, and their achievements have been indelibly drilled into our minds, with countless awards and institutions named after them. To be brilliant is a gift, but who gets to be remembered as such involves privilege.

Although it sounds like The Hunger Games in space, Germany's "Die Astronautin" competition - which means "the astronaut" - seeks to put the first German woman into space. In March 2016, 400 women entered the competition, and yesterday, aerospace recruitment agency HE Space announced it had selected its final six candidates. If the private mission succeeds in securing funding, one of these badass ladies will head up to the International Space Station (ISS) for 10 days in 2020.