The Women in STEM Ambassador is an Australian Government initiative to address gender inequities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Led by Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith, first appointed in 2018, the Office of the Women in STEM Ambassador influences and mobilises Australia’s business leaders, educators and policymakers to increase the participation of women and girls in STEM. Our vision is to make STEM a place for all Australians.
We work with stakeholders to eliminate barriers to attract, retain and progress them in STEM study and careers. The Women in STEM Ambassador provides high-level independent advice to Ministers on matters relating to gender equity in STEM.
The work we do is collaborative and based on evidence. We find what works to address inequities in STEM through outreach, research projects and a national digital campaign for children, parents and carers.
The Office builds and hosts free resources to ensure Australian parents, educators, students, workplaces and people running equity programs create a sustainable and equitable future. We work closely with government, education, research and private sector organisations to advocate for changes in systems and structures to enable the full participation of women and girls in STEM education and careers.
The Office is funded by a Commonwealth Grant and is hosted at the University of New South Wales. Our work complements the existing work and activities that drive gender equity in STEM; the Australian Government’s Advancing Women in STEM Strategy and the Women in STEM Decadal Plan.