Gender equity

Athena SWAN

The Network has been established to work with network members and leadership to build and promote visibility The University of Melbourne is a founding member of the SAGE initiative to undertake the Athena SWAN Charter in Australia. In recognition of our commitment to taking action on gender equity in STEMM, the University has received a Bronze Award, the first stage in the accreditation framework. Under the leadership of Professor Marilys Guillemin and the Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee, the University of Melbourne is implementing a four-year action plan to address challenges and opportunities relating to gender equity and diversity.

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Gender Equality Action Plan

The Gender Equality Act 2020 (Vic) came into effect on 31 March 2021 and is overseen by Victoria’s Public Sector Gender Equality Commissioner. The University is compliant with the requirements of the Act through its Gender Equality Action Plan 2022-2025. An implementation and reporting framework is being developed to ensure the Action Plan is delivered effectively.

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Georgina Sweet Awards for Women in Quantitative Biomedical Science

Created by Professor Leann Tilley as part of her Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship program, the awards are designed to promote and support female scientists who demonstrate excellence in the area of quantitative biomedical science. Four awards of $25,000 each are available to Australian female researchers who excel in the area of quantitative biomedical science while two awards of $25,000 recognise women in biomedical sciences who have a strong track record in research and who demonstrate the importance of diversity and inclusion.

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  • External services
  • Listen
    • A podcast of one’s own with Julia Gillard featuring interviews with guests including Professor Marcia Langton, Sally McManus and Mary Beard as they talk about career highlights and challenges
    • The Guilty Feminist – humorous podcast on topics related to feminism
      Unlocking Us – Brene Brown looks at gender equity, intersectionality and other important conversations that further diversity and inclusion
  • Watch
    • RGB – film examining the life and legacy of Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a pioneer in gender equality
    • Miss Representation – documentary exposing how mainstream media contributes to the under representation of women in positions of influence in America.
  • Read
    • The Wife Drought – author Annabel Crabb examines the care side of the equality equation and finds that women
    • Women, Race & Class – a powerful study of the women's movement in the U.S. from abolitionist days to the present that demonstrates how it has always been hampered by the racist and classist biases of its leaders.
    • Pain and Prejudice – Gabrielle Jackson writes about how social taboos and medical ignorance keep women sick and in anguish
    • See What You Made Me Do – investigative journalist Jess Hill puts perpetrators of domestic violence – and the systems that enable them – in the spotlight