According to UNESCO, less than 30 per cent of scientific and technological researchers are women. 

This International Day of Women and Girls in Science, Griffith Library is celebrating our history of fostering female representation in science and technology while looking at how we can create an inclusive and sustainable research hub for women in STEM. 

A step through time 

Debra Cunningham at graduation as Griffith's first science graduate

In 1978, Debra Cunningham was not only Griffith’s first science graduate – she was also the first recipient of an undergraduate degree! 

Ipswich High School girls in 1980s

In the 1980s, Griffith promoted science within South-East Queensland high schools. These girls from Ipswich High School are participating in a biomedical experiment. 

Marina Perry with Aviation studies award

In 1999, Marina Perry was awarded an Aviation Studies award. 

That’s RAD! Science – a Griffith-led initiative. 

That’s RAD! Science is a children’s book series that promotes STEM careers for children, particularly young girls.  

Titles from the series include: 

Researching gender inequality 

In recent years, Griffith researchers have provided keen insights into gender inequality within STEM and possible ways to balance the gender gap. Some key areas of research include: 

Where do we go from here?  

Recently, in 2019, Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies and Griffith University collaborated on a pilot study into female retention in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, manufacturing and design programs.  

As we enter 2020 with bright eyes, Griffith continues to look toward the future to consider how we can encourage and foster female-led research within our libraries.