Eighty scientists set for Antarctica in world’s largest-ever female expedition

Eighty female scientists from across the world (including 35 Australians) will embark on an expedition to Antarctica this month, to learn about the effects of climate change and to promote the role of women in global sustainability. The team will be at sea for a total of 3 weeks, setting sail from Ushuaia in Argentina early this week.

Women in science are still severely underrepresented in industry leadership positions. According to a study conducted across 14 countries, the likelihood of female students graduating with a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree and Doctor’s degree in a science-related field is 18%, 8% and 2% respectively, compared to male students, 37%, 18% and 6%.

Although slow progress is occurring, initiatives like Homeward Bound are crucial in speeding up momentum.


(ed:More likely to be productive than the 100 years of mateship delegation being sent to visit Trump . . . )

The problem with inviting a delegation of major company CEOs anywhere is that you’re going to get a rather male-dominated group.

So gender imbalance was always going to be an issue for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in sorting out a “senior business delegation” to join him in the United States, during his trip to meet with US President Donald Trump in Washington next week.

A White House statement on the meeting states that the, “Leaders will celebrate 100 years of mateship through war, peace and prosperity, charting the course for the coming century of partnership.”

(ed: read unbridled and destructive masculinity . . . )


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