A boost to the advancement of women and girls in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) with an additional $6.7 million in funding.
The investments will ensure the continued success of the Superstars of STEM program, as well as backing the important work of the Women in STEM Ambassador, including the national awareness raising initiative – Future You.
Making the announcement on International Day of Women and Girls in Science, Minister for Science and Technology Melissa Price said the funding built on the $147 million of investments to support gender equity in STEM.
“The government will invest $2 million in the Superstars of STEM program, delivered by Science & Technology Australia, allowing it to develop an additional 120 women Superstars into future leaders. The government is providing an additional $2.4 million to support the Women in STEM Ambassador initiative.” Minister Price said.
Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith’s Future You campaign, designed for children 8 to 12 years old and their parents, has also reached 3.1 million children, parents, and carers across Australia since its launch in October 2020.
Notably, only 20 per cent of girls reported being interested in STEM jobs before 2018, but today upwards of 68 per cent of girls are now interested in a STEM career.