Advancing Women in STEM

Student Edge and YouthInsight are proud to help the Australian Government progress their commitment to improving gender equity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)!

The Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources (DISER) released the first edition of the STEM Equity Monitor on International Women’s Day, 8 March 2020. They have now published the second edition and it will be updated annually until 2029.

The Monitor provides national data on girls’ and women’s participation in and engagement with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) across 4 stages of the pathway:

  • primary and secondary school
  • higher education
  • graduation outcomes
  • the workforce

It collects and integrates data from a range of sources and places them into a single publication. So far, we have contributed the Youth in STEM 2019 and 2020 data, along with our Influencers results in 2021, data from young peoples’ key influencers, their parents and educators, to understand their perceptions of STEM and dig deeper into gender biases among this cohort.

We look forward to continue working towards Australia’s vision of a society that provides equal opportunity for people of all genders to learn, work and engage in STEM. #womeninstem


STEM Equity Monitor Summary Report