When he was four years old, my son told me I couldn’t be a doctor because I was a girl.
Rest assured, many years and conversations later, he now understands that girls can be whatever they want.
But it goes to show how deeply engrained these societal gender stereotypes are, when even a four-year-old is picking up messages that there are some careers for boys, and others for girls.
I’ve written before about gender equity, or the lack of it, in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) sector. Of all STEM-qualified jobs in Australia, only about 14 per cent are held by women.
Less than a third of people working in scientific research roles are women. Fewer girls than boys are choosing science subjects at schools and going…