#patriarchiesrealign: Only 16% of Australians in Stem professions are women, and pay gap is ‘unacceptable’
Same old, same old. Guardian (emphasis added):
Women make up less than one-fifth of Australians qualified in science, technology, engineering and maths and continue to be paid less than their male colleagues.
It is a finding of a new report by the Office of the Chief Scientist, which shows 16% of the 2.3 million Stem-qualified Australians are female, with engineering showing the largest gender gap.
When it comes to pay, 32% of men hit the highest income bracket ($104,000), compared with 12% of women in the latest census.
The chief scientist, Alan Finkel, said that could not be explained by women having children or working part-time.
“The pay gap between men and women revealed in this report is significant, it is long-standing and it is unacceptable,” he said. “No clever country underserves half its people.”
The report, released on Thursday, found just 7% of engineers were women. However, there were almost the same number of male and female scientists.
Based on the most recent figures from the 2011 census, the report also found two-thirds of the Stem workforce earned qualifications through vocational education, with one-third university qualified.
Source and rest: Only 16% of Australians in Stem professions are women, and pay gap is ‘unacceptable’ (guardian).