Girl Geek Academy seeks to promote more women into space sector

Max Blenkin

With women still far under-represented in technology, the Melbourne-based Girl Geek Academy has acquired the She Flies trademark to promote women in the space, aerospace and drone sectors.

Under the She Flies banner, Girl Geek Academy will conduct programs promoting gender equality for the space, aviation and drone industries.

That includes career incubators to introduce more female high school aged students to these sectors.

Geek Girl Academy chief executive Sarah Moran said the statistics were still stark, with women making up roughly 3 per cent of pilots and 1 per cent of aircraft engineers.

Moran said the program involved building capacity and technical capabilities while increasing female representation in these industries.

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“Ultimately, we want to welcome, encourage and support women in these sectors,” she said in an interview on the Women’s Agenda website.

She Flies was co-founded by Dr Catherine Ball, a champion of women in technology who works across global projects where robotics and new technology meet environmental protection.

Moran said with the government increasing spending on the national space industry, this is perfect time to improve the under-representation of women.

She said since the Girl Geek Academy was founded in 2014, she had seen a huge surge in organisations seeking to get more women engaged in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

“In every city now, there’s a push for more women in tech. In cyber security, AI and beyond. It’s a movement of people, and it’s great. Our next question now is, how do we push further gender equality in more areas,” Moran said.

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