GENDER INEQUALITY AND THE CONFIDENCE GAP
Malariologist, Dr Sarah Charnaud, grew up in Zimbabwe where she developed her passion for the natural world and was motivated to become a scientist when her childhood friend died from HIV. She is now a respected molecular parasitologist in Melbourne. She reflects on the personal impact of gender inequality and her own imposter syndrome that was holding her back from achieving her goals.
SYSTEMIC SEXISM AND THE POWER OF THE NETWORK
Dr Anne Christianson had a love of animals from a young age and worked as a field biologist in South Africa studying the behaviour of meerkats and the Caribbean and US, studying birds. With ten years of working in Washington DC on environmental policy, Anne believes science-driven and just policy is necessary for change. Anne speaks passionately about sexism and harassment and the power of #MeToo and the network of women fighting for systemic change.
THE RISK TAKER
THE MATERNAL WALL AND SEXISM IN TECH
Dr Samantha Hall suffered from epilepsy as a teenager and spent a lot of time in hospitals. She is developing an app that measures how physical environments of workplaces can maximise productivity and minimise environmental impact, all while expecting her first child. Working on a start up as a pregnant woman reveals the extent of unconscious bias in the tech industry for both women and men wanting to take parental leave, and the need for better leadership.
SEXISM IN SCIENCE AND THE GENDERED LENS
Sociologist Meredith Nash studied science but her negative experiences in STEM drew her to the study of feminism instead. She is on the ship as a researcher and is also a participant and this dual role gave her a unique perspective as the trip unfolded. Meredith challenges the faculty to be more inclusive and articulates how systemic change is needed to address unconscious bias and sexism in STEMM and beyond.