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Government Announces $3.9 million to Support Girls in STEM

Friday, December 09, 2016

More than 20 organisations have received grants totalling $3.9 million to encourage more girls and women to study and work in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

In a joint media release, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Ministers Greg Hunt and Craig Laundy explained the reality of the gender disparity in STEM courses and careers.

“Women are underrepresented in STEM-related studies and professions,” the release said.

“Only one in four IT graduates and fewer than one in 10 engineering graduates are women. Women occupy fewer than one in five senior researcher positions in Australian universities and research institutes, and are less than half the overall STEM workforce.

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