Launch of the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Pilot of the Athena SWAN Charter
The SAGE initiative was formed to support the hiring, promotion, participation and retention of women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) with the aim of reaching gender parity in science leadership.
The loss of women scientists is a significant waste of expertise, talent and investment and negatively impacts our nation’s scientific productivity.
The Athena SWAN Charter was established in the UK in the 2005 to address the underrepresentation of women in science. Athena SWAN provides an evaluation and accreditation framework to help improve gender equity policies and practices and it’s showing demonstrable results in the UK.
On 16 September 2015, SAGE launched a pilot of the Athena SWAN Charter involving 32 Australian universities, medical research institutes and publicly-funded research agencies. Participating institutions become members of the Athena SWAN Charter in Australia, vowing to uphold ten gender equity principles advancing gender equity and diversity in STEMM.
Half of all Australian universities have signed up to the SAGE pilot.
SAGE is made possible by its partners, sponsors and supporters:
- Australian Academy of Science
- Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
- Australia’s Chief Scientist
- Women in Science Australia
- ARC Georgina Sweet Australian Laureate Fellowship to Professor Nalini Joshi
- Professor Brian Schmidt ACT FAA FRS FTSE
- Sally Speed and Professor Terry Speed FAA FRS
- Awesome feeling in the Senate Alcove for launch of Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) pilot of Athena SWAN Charter
- Andrew Holmes, President Academy of Science, says ‘pilot is going for broke’ – large sign-up of partners
- Great to hear from Karen Andrews congratulating all involved in pilot
- So thrilled to witness launch of the SAGE plan to dramatically grow the number of women in senior positions in science
- MPs here: Karen Andrews, Amanda Rishworth, Kim Carr, Richard Marles, Kelly O’Dwyer
- Hearing from Brian Schmidt via video for launch of SAGE pilot
- Brian Schmidt – SAGE pilot is the single most important thing can do to fix the gender imbalance in science and make the most of our talent!
- Amanda Rishworth – congratulations to the women who have worked to fix the waste of talent for 30 years
- Panel discussion – Nalini Joshi, Maggie Evans-Galea and Sharon Bell
- Nalini Joshi has been the only woman in most rooms all her life
- Science has big squeeze at EMCR level as Science can’t be done ‘at home’ and impact of career disruptions can be huge
- To get scientists on board, need evidence
- If program is successful – imagine what we could do. IQ is not delivered by gender
- Nalini Joshi was first female professor in mathematics at UNSW, Tanya Monro was first female professor in physics at University of Adelaide
- Nalini Joshi – imagine if we doubled the number of Nobel Prize winners, SAGE pilot cold help us do that
- SAGE pilot is not limited to women. Men can be awesome champions of change…
- There are different outcomes between disciplines even in the same institution – needs looking at
- SAGE pilot allows a nuanced approach to redressing gender imbalance in STEMM, there is no an all-of-science solution!
- We have 60% girls in maths in schools; down to 40% in undergrad. Lack of models is an issue
- Kelly O’Dwyer on the importance of SAGE pilot – gender equity in science: If you don’t measure it, you can’t change it
- Richard Marles – science is number 1 economic issue facing the nation – we cannot step up without women fully involved