The search is on for 60 outstanding women working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) who can inspire more young women and girls to study, work, and to promote gender equity in STEM.

As part of the Superstars of STEM program – run by Science & Technology Australia – the 60 ambassadors will become prominent role models for the young Australian community.

Nominations are open for the second round of the program, which supports and trains women working in the STEM sector to share their passion with the Australian community through the media, social media and on stage.

Run by Science & Technology Australia, The Turnbull Government invested $1.3 million over four years to expand the Superstars of STEM.

Former Minister for Jobs and Innovation Senator Michaelia Cash said the program’s expansion earlier this year, was to boost the participation of girls and women in STEM education and careers.

“Women in particular face real challenges in the science sector with women representing only 16 per cent of university and VET graduates in STEM,” she said.

“Through seeing women holding the most senior science positions in the country, and through programs like the Superstars of STEM, we’re working to increase the public visibility of women working in STEM to change attitudes and to inspire young women to follow in their footsteps.

“I encourage women in STEM fields across Australia to apply.”

Nominations are open until midnight on September 23. For full details visit Science and Technology Australia.

Top woman in agrictulture

Meanwhile, cattle-woman Darrylin Gordon has been named as 2018 WA AgriFutures Rural Women’s winner and national finalist for her idea to build on local’s skillsets for local jobs.

The 26-year-old from Halls Creek wants to develop a skills training camp for unemployed people in her region and hopes to launch a three-month skills training project on Lamboo Station, a family-owned and run business.

As a Jaru woman, Gordon is passionate about her connection to her country and wants to drive regional development.

“We don’t want to leave home. We want to be able to do the training here and to get the skills we need to get local jobs.”

The national winner will be announced at a gala dinner at Parliament House in Canberra on October 15.

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