The Academy recognises that more direct action is needed to address the gender imbalance both within the Academy membership and its structures and activities as well as more broadly in promoting women in senior level in technological sciences and engineering in Australia.
Women constitute a wealth of talent and creativity but continue to be underrepresented in science, engineering and technology, particularly at senior levels.
Research Institutes, academia, business and government need to adopt mechanisms that retain women in technological sciences and engineering and enable them to thrive, excel and be recognised. If the number of women
participating and progressing in these fields is not addressed, the implications for Australia’s prosperity are concerning especially in light of the ‘lag effect’ of the deepening skills shortage on the scoping and delivery of major projects and infrastructure.
Thus, maximising participation and retention of women at all levels in technological sciences and engineering is a priority in terms of maximising productivity and innovation in Australia, as well as seeking social equity.
The Academy reaffirms its commitment to the importance of the full participation of women in technological sciences and engineering in Australia, and in all of ATSE’s operations.
Enhancing the numbers and participation of women within ATSE will provide a broader range of perspectives in internal matters such as ATSE policy development and strategic management and will enhance ATSE’s reputation as a representative, innovative, and socially and economically responsible organisation.
To this end, the Academy established a Gender Equity Working Group in 2015, with clear Terms of Reference, to advise the Board on gender equity issues and to work with the ATSE CEO in providing advice and direction on implementation of this Policy. The Gender Equity Policy (PDF) outlines the immediate and ongoing priorities for ATSE in relation to gender diversity.
Caption: Gender by per cent for total ATSE Fellowship from 2009 to 2016
Caption: Gender by per cent for New Fellowship per intake year from 2005 to 2016
Caption: Gender by per cent for Board of Directors per year from 2009 to 2016
Caption: Gender by per cent for Forum Leadership group per year from 2005 to 2016
The Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Pilot – a partnership between the Australian Academy of Science and the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) - is national program promoting gender equity and gender diversity in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM).
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