The Australian: The gender pay equity gap between women and men is rising in Australia, and is now at 18%. In addition, results from a new survey of members of the Australian Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers show that women in STEM careers have experienced consistent discrimination and sexual harrassment.
"A new survey revealing that professional women in science and engineering have experienced a high rate of gender-based discrimination, harassment and continuing pay inequality in their fields in Australia is hardly news. The survey of 1100 female members of the Australian Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers is a reminder that any bid to diversify and expand the workforce in these fields so as to stimulate research and development and the knowledge economy has to be systemic in its design.
It has to prioritise reform and innovation with respect to workplace conditions and access to flexibility; workplace cultures and discrimination; and career development and pay equity.
Many initiatives have been undertaken to promote engineering and science as career choices to young people and especially young women, and these are being strengthened to increase skilled technology capacity and to extend the lifelong benefits of such choices to students of a lower socioeconomic background."