Women In STEM Fall Short In Workplace Equality

Women in STEM, that is with qualifications and experience working in science, technology, engineering or maths are still falling short of an adequate level of workplace equality.

 In 2016 alone, women represented a mere 29% of qualified workers in STEM areas.  Even now, the added disruption of the novel coronavirus poses a serious threat of reversing the few steps towards workplace equality that women in STEM have so far achieved.

A recent report by the Rapid Research Information Forum has found that the COVID-19 pandemic that has dominated 2020, has left women working in STEM facing significantly disproportionate increases in both caring responsibilities and disruptions to working hours and job security in comparison to their male counterparts. 

The Daily spoke with Professor Lisa Harvey Smith, Australia’s Women in STEM Ambassador about the findings of the report and why women working in STEM areas are still experiencing such gendered inequalities

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