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Australia's Method of Reducing the STEM Gender Problem


AUSTRALIA -- Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math still may be male-dominated fields of study at the moment, but there are courses around the world attempting to change this and encourage young girls to pursue studies in these fields.  According to the Australian government, only one in four IT graduates are women in Australia.  According to the same source, fewer than one in ten engineering graduates are women in Australia, and women only account for one quarter of the STEM field work force.

Now, while women are (of course) free to choose whatever they would like to do as far as a secular career, Australia feels as though they need to take part in encouraging young women to pursue these fields.  Logic dictates that the more diverse a field, the richer in knowledge it will become.  Why?  Because people from different backgrounds can help bring new perspectives, though processes, and answers to the table.  Often times it could be something people from similar backgrounds could not come up with themselves.  It all depends on circumstance, and how diversely different people think.


So, if the Australian government wants to step in, what exactly are the doing?  According to Gizmodo AU source material for this article the government is funding the idea of bringing more women into STEM fields.  They are going to be giving 3.9 million USD to the cause.  This funding will be secured by 24 different organizations.


These organizations are very similar in that they all focus on women in STEM, but they are also vastly different in how they go about things.  For instance, one project that will be funded is Girl Geek Academy.  They focus on encouraging very young girls.  Girls around 5 to 8 years of age.  On the other side, there are also projects being funded that aim their resources towards encouraging and teaching grown women such as the Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering. The aforementioned Gizmodo article goes into more detail about other programs that will be funded, and what exactly they do to help educate and encourage young girls and women to pursue careers, or at the very least, learn about these fields.


Another round of funding will appear in 2017.


Mariah Loeber is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of She studies English and is a huge fan of things STEM.  Find her on Twitter.