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:
- Support 60 women employed in a range of STEM roles to become highly visible public role models;
- Build the public profile of 60 women employed in STEM though training in public speaking, media and communicating with influence and through creating opportunities to practice their newly acquired skills;
- Empower participants to share their story and their work with general audiences by equipping them with advanced communications skills and an understanding of traditional media, social media and story-telling;
- Smash imposter syndrome and build confidence in a range of professional settings, participants will learn how to communicate with influence in their workplaces, in the media and with leaders and politicians; and
- Directly encourage young women and girls to study and stay in STEM by program participants speaking with them in their schools and workplaces and by providing prominent public role models for them to aspire 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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