The STEM Equity Monitor 2021, a national data report on girls’ and women’s participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), is now available.
This is the second edition.
The Monitor reports the current state of STEM gender equity in Australia, and measures changes and trends. It explores the pathway of girls’ and women’s participation in STEM through schooling, higher education, graduate outcomes and the workforce.
This year’s edition collects and integrates data from a wider range of sources, bringing them together in one place. For the first time we include longtitudinal data looking at the career transitions of women who graduate with STEM qualifications. We also look at how parents, teachers and career advisers perceive STEM, as the key influencers of young people’s study and career aspirations.
The 2021 Monitor shows some real improvements for girls and women’s representation and participation in STEM study and careers:
These improvements show that the collective efforts being led by the education, research and business sectors, as well as by government, are starting to have an impact. But significantly more change is needed to achieve our joint vision for gender equity in STEM in Australia by 2030.
Some key takeaways from this edition:
The Monitor tells an evolving story. We publish new data annually to provide a consistent evidence base over 10 years.
We are also beginning to integrate an intersectional approach to data compiled in the STEM Equity Monitor. This will help us better understand the complex and unique barriers that women of different backgrounds and experiences face when entering or progressing through STEM pathways. This information can help government and the sector target our investment and actions to support greater diversity in STEM.