28 August 2019
The Champions of Change STEM Group have released the Harnessing Our Innovation Potential report. The report shares new research conducted by Accenture, surveying over 3000 women and men working in Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths (STEM) careers in Australia.
The data shows that while women and men enter STEM with high levels of motivation to solve complex problems facing the world, women are more likely than men to consider leaving STEM. Women in STEM experience significantly more barriers to progression than men and unacceptably high levels of everyday sexism, pointing to a culture in STEM that excludes women, minimises their contributions and devalues their voices.
We also learned that there is a gap between current action to address these issues, and what our people think will make a real difference. If we don’t act, our organisations risk losing highly STEM-qualified women and diminishing our national innovation potential. We cannot afford to pay this price.
We call on all STEM leaders to join us in using these insights to drive action and look forward to working together to accelerate change.