The League of Remarkable Women exhibition | Sydney Morning Herald
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An exhibition showcasing the achievements of women in science hopes to raise awareness of the lack of diversity and attract more women to the field.
The League of Remarkable Women in Australian Science exhibition, currently showing at the CSIRO’s Discovery Gallery Room, features more than 40 female scientists whose areas of expertise vary from dark matter to palaeontology.
The exhibition, which will run until August 31, celebrates the achievements of these scientists and highlights the continuing hurdles faced by women in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
National Museum of Australia senior curator Martha Sear hopes that it will open people’s eyes to the rich history of women in Australian science.
“Women have been doing science for centuries,” Ms Sear said. “The collection is particularly strong around women doing science in the 21st century – proving that there is considerable continuity.”
The aim of the exhibit is to encourage further generations of female scientists and provide positive role models for them at a time when the number of women in senior scientific roles is much lower for men.
The project was coordinated by ANU postdoctoral fellows Dr Anne-Sophie Dielen and Dr Britta Forster.
One scientist paving the way is Amber Beavis, a research scientist at the Western Australian Museum when interviewed by the League of Remarkable Women and now a senior researcher at the Regional Australia Institute.
“I think we definitely haven’t broken through the glass ceiling yet,” Dr Beavis said. “Women are underrepresented in the upper levels of a whole range of industries.
“But if there are other women out there who have been through similar issues and you talk to them and learn from them and fundamentally be mentored by them, then that’s the first part of the hurdle over.”
The interviews from the exhibition will be collated into an e-book and made available to high school students.
ANU Nobel Laureate professor Brian Schmidt will also be chairing a public forum on August 19 at the CSIRO, on improving gender balance and diversity in science.
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