Student Edge and YouthInsight are proud to help the Australian Government progress its commitment to improving gender equity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
In 2020, the Department of Industry, Science, and Resources (DISR) released the first edition of the STEM Equity Monitor on International Women’s Day, 8 March. DISR has now published the third edition of the Monitor, which will be updated annually until 2029.
The STEM Equity Monitor provides national data on girls’ and women’s participation in and engagement with STEM across 4 stages of the pathway:
- Primary and secondary school;
- Higher education;
- Graduation outcomes;
- The workforce.
The STEM Equity Monitor collects data from a range of sources, integrating them into a single interactive online tool. To date, YouthInsight has contributed to the Youth in STEM 2019 and 2020 data, along with Influencer research results in 2021, 2022 and 2023 – with these data focusing on young peoples’ key influencers, their parents and educators, to understand their perceptions of STEM and gender biases.
We look forward to continue working with DISR toward Australia’s vision of equal opportunity for people of all genders to learn, work and engage in STEM.