Sixty women have been selected to participate in the second round of the Superstars of STEM program.
The program is aiming to encourage girls to study STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) projects and consider a career in the sector.
Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said the launch of the group is an important move to promote equality in STEM.
“As an engineer, I am passionate about science, technology, engineering and maths, and increasing the number of girls and women in STEM subjects and roles,” Minister Andrews said.
“Increasing the public visibility of women role models is key to changing cultural attitudes and inspiring more young women and girls to study, work and champion gender equity in STEM.”
The program is run by Science and Technology Australia, and over five years has equipped 150 female scientists and technologists with advanced communication skills and provided them with opportunities to use these skills in the professional sector.
Science and Technology Australia said the program strives to:
Minister Andrews said the federal government "is committed to boosting the participation of girls and women in STEM education and careers" and have pledged to invest $1.3 million over four years with the intentions of expanding the program.
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