Women have been creators, innovators and pioneers in STEM for thousands of years. From Indigenous knowledge systems, to nanotechnology and the sequencing of the koala genome, women have been central to STEM in Australia. However, their contributions are not widely known.
STEMpowered was a new initiative that aims to remedy the silence. Developed by Her Place Women’s Museum Australia, in collaboration with the Department of Education and Training and supported by the Royal Society of Victoria, the exhibition tells the stories of 9 inspiring women whose work showcases a diversity of careers, approaches, ideas and fields across games development, wearable technology, environmental science, engineering, cancer research, food waste, genetics, biotech, nanotechnology, mathematics and more.
Her Place: Ballarat was held at the Ballarat's Eureka Centre running from the 14th November to 9th December, 2018. It told the story of ten women from across Victoria who have contributed to Australian society in a broad range of ways. The women included were:
Her Place: Morwell was held at the Morwell Library running from the 1st to 20th October, 2018. It told the story of ten women from across Victoria who have contributed to Australian society in a broad range of ways. The women included were:
Susan Alberti AC
Pat Bigham AFSM
The Hon Joan Kirner AC
Deborah Lawrie FRAeS Map
Aunty Bess Yarram
Once Women won the Vote was held at Warrnambool Art Gallery. It paid tribute to the everyday women involved in the 1891 Women’s Suffrage Petition who courageously fought for women’s’ rights
Her Place’s contribution features filmed interviews with 10 Victorian women, an accompanying booklet and curriculum-linked educational resources.