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Women represent only 12 per cent of the engineering workforce in Queensland, according to the ABS. This makes hiring more women essential for the delivery of major transport infrastructure projects such as Brisbane Metro and Cross River Rail.
The need is clear. Engineers Australia estimates 15 per cent of all graduate engineers will be women this year, which is down on the 10-year average of 20 per cent. So instead of improving, the participation rate in the industry is diminishing at record levels, in a time of real need.
An artist's rendering of Woolloongabba's underground rail station as part of the Cross River Rail project.
The systemic problem lies in the pipeline, where women make up less than a third of STEM university graduates. The physics, astronomy and engineering industries represent even lower numbers.
When it comes to the number of women actually working in STEM that number is whittled down to a tiny 16 per cent.
Compounding the issue is that women often do not think they could be good engineers, thanks to a lack of role models and existing negative stereotypes combining to curb girls' ambitions. We need to break down those negative stereotypes that might be holding girls back from seeing themselves as a scientist, engineer or a technologist.
This article first appeared on www.brisbanetimes.com.au
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