The future needs women in STEM March 29, 2018 Women in STEM: Professors Parisa Bahri, Cassandra Berry and Paola Magni smash the traditional 'scientist' stereotype Murdoch University hosted the WISE Women Symposium this week following the International Women’s Day #PressforProgress movement being championed by celebrities across social media. The Symposium echoed the sentiments of this global movement for gender equality, showcasing the variety of career paths in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to about 200 female students in years eight to 10. A panel of inspirational women from Murdoch University smashed the stereotypes associated with working in STEM, demonstrating that career pathways included everything from being a sustainable fashion designer or science journalist to head film animator at Pixar. Immunology Professor Cassandra Berry said it was important to demystify STEM careers and prove that a science degree did not limit you to working in a laboratory. “In the future, 75 per cent of the jobs are going to require STEM skills. Women make up 50 per cent of the population and half of society has these ideas, so it’s time to call them into action,” she said. “I think STEM is everywhere, we just need to open our eyes and see it.” Forensic biologist Dr Paola A. Magni said that your initial study area was just a first step to the many possibilities of having a career in STEM. “We’re women, we can do anything. The sky’s the limit,” she said. “Girls can be girls, and they can be a scientist at the same time. They don’t have to be scared to be a combination of both those things.” Senior Lecturer in Science Education Dr Amanda Woods-McConney said it was great to see the high school pupils so engaged and excited about the different opportunities available in STEM careers. “The Q&A panel was a great opportunity for the students to see fabulous role models who exemplified that careers in STEM go beyond science.” Women in STEM: Professors Parisa Bahri, Cassandra Berry and Paola Magni smash the traditional 'scientist' stereotype Print This Post Media contact: Sarah Thillagaratnam Tel: 9360 2858 | Mobile: | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Categories: General, Teaching and Learning, International, School of Arts, School of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology, School of Chemical and Mathematical Sciences, School of Education, School of Engineering and Energy, School of Engineering and Information Technology, School of Environmental Science, School of Health Professions, School of Information Technology, School of Media Communication and Culture, School of Pharmacy, School of Psychology, School of Social Sciences and Humanities, School of Sustainability, School of Veterinary and Life Sciences, agriculture Tags: amanda woods-mcconney, cassandra berry, engineering, equality, gender, mathematics, paola magni, parisa bahri, science, stem, stem education, technology, wise women, women Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published. Thanks for commenting!