Women in STEAM
A photography exhibit showcasing women scientists
Women in STEM fields are a minority, and that's what has to change if we
are to solve our world's scientific problems, the problems that these specific women are aiming to solve. Gender equality is beneficial to science, offering diverse perspectives and questions that would not be expressed or asked without a woman in the room. However, although the number of women receiving STEM-related degrees is increasing, the number of women who hold senior level positions in STEM is far lower than that of men. The issue of gender equality requires attention from all genders. These women are simultaneously striving to solve scientific problems and the issue of gender equality.
These photos portray the humanness of scientists and the capability of women. Many of these women are also partners, wives, mothers, and grandmothers. This collection speaks on the many roles women play and shows us that women have strengths that can help both a family and a research team be successful. Women as scientists, leaders, and decision makers are role models forging paths and encouraging females in STEM. It is our responsibility to make sure they have the opportunity to get there.
Women in STEAM is a photographic journey of women in STEM, and thus, the 'A' for art is inserted into the acronym, encouraging scientists to view their world and communicate their science through art. Art is a language everyone can speak. These photos speak volumes without even vocalising.
Telling the Story:
This exhibit was coordinated by Melissa Pappas, an international PhD student aiming to communicate science through art. The project was developed based on the desire to raise awareness of female scientists, specifically those at her own university. The project was inspired by the UNSW Women in Maths and Sciences Champion Program, which enables women in STEM fields to strengthen their leadership and communication skills. It is clear that women are capable of leading scientific teams as shown by just a small portion of our own leaders in these photos.
The photographer, Natalie Rutkowska, a UNSW Art and Design student, has worked on science communication projects in the past, joining both research stories and visual arts. Her work in this exhibit ties together her passion for photography, women empowerment and her curiosity in STEM fields. Natalie’s participation in the project sparked a rediscovered love for science while interviewing the impressive women showcased here.
This photography exhibit was made possible by the UNSW EDI Department grant.
Having developed a passion for photography from a young age, studying arts within university had always been a dream for Natalie. A dream come true after now having graduated with a distinction in the bachelor of fine arts at UNSW. Natalie now turns her focus towards working and collaborating, with other creators, on innovative projects.
An avid traveler, her camera is never far behind on any of her worldwide adventures. In her spare time, she loves creating art and filling her mind with all things science-related.
Supporting Women in Science
A seminar on encouraging gender equality and females in STEM
Supporting Women in Science is a discussion around the themes of gender equality in academia, the challenges of science careers, the many roles women play in work and life, and the future outlook of females in STEM careers. Our three main speakers presented on their science and personal journeys, sharing stories on accomplishments, failures, and ways to encourage equality in research. Find them on social media to follow their research stories.
Supporting Women in Science
Meet our main speakers
Top scientists in their field who are also advocates for women in STEM speak to UNSW students on how to overcome obstacles, support other students, and plan for science careers.
Follow them on Twitter to see their latest research!