Equalising Participation of Women in STEM: International Case Studies of Successful Strategies

By Anna Kosmynina

Anna attended the 2015 OECD Forum in Paris.

Abstract

Despite the advances that women have made in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), participation in Australia remains predominantly male, with only 33% of tertiary STEM qualifications being awarded to women and the qualified STEM workforce only comprising 28% women. Similar patterns of gendered participation are observed internationally, however Australia is below the OECD average. Developing and implementing strategies to increase women’s participation in STEM education and workforces and engages educators, government and industry in its solutions, and leads to increased gender equality and economic benefits. This paper explicitly contributes to the post-2015 OECD outcomes of empowering women and enhancing the capacity to innovate to achieve integrated sustainability

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