Girls and women passionate and interested in STEM are squeezed out of learning and industry at all stages of their career.
The STEM career pipeline is designed for men, not women, and there is no gender lens on career advice and progression opportunities at school or within the tech industry.
The STEM industry fails to provide effective role models for women, men or non-binary people.
Investment in talented girls & women is inadequate and discriminatory, resulting in a loss of innovation and economic benefit to Australia.
Being a gender change agent in technology is exhausting and traumatising and the backlash is REAL.
Girl Geeks’ big message to the Australian Government is that they are sick of talking about it. They want action. They want investment to turn things around.
Women only make up 36% of enrolments in university STEM courses, and just 16% of enrolments in vocational STEM courses.[ii]
On average, women still earn 18% less than men across all STEM industries (that’s a gap of $26,784![vi]
Only 12% of tech engineers are women, 19% of game developers are women.[iv]
And a tiny 3% of Australia’s venture capital goes to women-led companies and even less to women of colour.[vii]