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 is 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.

A 10th woman will be chosen and profiled as a local hero by each of the host Tech Schools.

The exhibition was launched on Thursday 16 August 2018 by the Minister for Education James Merlino at the opening of the Banyule Nillumbik Tech School. It will travel to each of the 10 Tech Schools to open in Victoria as part of the Victorian Government’s $128 million investment to establish Tech Schools across the state to deliver the Education State for Victoria.


  • The exhibition features videos and unique artefacts, as well as an education program, including a Student Resource and Teacher's Professional Development.