I Joined the Team at STEM Women

A couple of weeks ago, I joined the STEM Women management team. We are a not-for-profit run by three women of colour: Professor Rajini Rao, Dr Buddhini Samarasinghe and myself. Our goal is to improve the visibility and participation of women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). We have a number of exciting initiatives coming up, including a series of fortnightly Google+ Hangouts (broadcast on our YouTube), hosted by Buddhini and myself (with Rajini behind the scenes). This includes Hangouts with women talking about their careers in STEM; discussions with organisations about practical programs that address women’s inclusion; analysis of topical issues impeding progress and how to move forward; as well as conversations with men about how they can help support women and how we can address gender inequality together.

The first Hangout is with University of California Davis Professor Jonathan Eisen, an evolutionary biologist who is passionate about improving women’s contribution in STEM. We’ll be chatting with him tomorrow at 1230pm USA Pacific/ Monday 730am Australian time (video below after the broadcast). Join us to learn how Jonathan became an equality advocate and how he manages sexism affecting his women peers within academia. You can post questions on our Google+ Event page ahead of the event as well as during our chat!

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