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Women’s perceptions and experiences with leadership and gender (in) equity in STEM professions: A semi-structured interview pilot

Rolt, M., Cumming-Potvin, W.ORCID: 0000-0002-4961-9379 and Bennett, R. (2021) Women’s perceptions and experiences with leadership and gender (in) equity in STEM professions: A semi-structured interview pilot. In: 36th WAIER Research Forum: Research, Reflect, Redirect, 7th August 2021, University of Notre Dame, Fremantle

Abstract

A report from Australia’s Office of the Chief Scientist (2020) outlines that women are valuable to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), but are underrepresented, especially at the higher pay scales. In STEM professions, inequalities regarding a lack of women in leadership positions have been further complicated by the recent impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. This phenomenon aligns with Australia’s national gender pay gap, which is currently at 13.4% (Australian Government, 2021).

This presentation reports on insights from pilot interviews in a qualitative research study, which aims to understand women’s perceptions of and experiences with STEM leadership and gender (in) equity in the private sector of Western Australia. Attention will be drawn to the role of the pilot interviews in directing and refining both interview and research questions (Turner, 2010), thereby highlighting women’s narratives about opportunities and challenges in STEM professions. Key interest groups for dissemination of findings are educational stakeholders and decision-making leaders in the private and public sectors.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Education
Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre
Conference Website: https://www.waier.org.au/
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/61739
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