Will you be a role model?
Because you are crucial to broadening the career aspirations and expectations of young women in Australia, economic Security4Women is seeking women from Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. (STEM) careers and non-traditional occupations and industries to be highly visible role models on a stand alone website to be launched in 2015.
We are also seeking male and female employers of women in non-traditional occupations and industries to be role models or champions of change for this website.
Apply at www.security4women.org.au/rolemodels
The Role Models website will inform young women of non-traditional occupation pathways and will also have links to existing activities that encourage young women to explore these occupations and industries.
eS4W will primarily promote the webpage to schools through State and Territory Departments of Education, member organisations and external stakeholders.
We want expanded opportunities for the participation of women in the workforce and the increased participation of women in high-income, in-demand Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers.
Young Australian women consistently out-perform their male peers in many of the key achievement indicators in secondary schools.
Despite this, young women are significantly less likely than young men to enter employment in the high-income, in- demand fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) or in employment-based training opportunities in non-traditional industries.
This reflects broader, gender-segregated patterns in Australia’s workforce, where in the construction, mining and utilities industries women account for around 12 per cent, 15 per cent and 23 per cent of employees respectively.
Under-representation of women in these industries not only undermines gender equality and the economic future of individual women, it impacts negatively on Australia’s economy.