Recommended Resources


Women’s Initiative Recommended Resources


Diversity Council Australia (DCA)

The DCA has a series of reports and evidence-based guidelines on the importance of diversity practices and how to improve these practices as an individual and in your workplace. A selection is linked below:

The importance of diversity, inclusivity and gender equity

How to be an inclusive leader

How to develop inclusive language

How to engage men in gender equality

Other research on diversity practices with LGBTQIA, Age, Indigenous Australian, Diverse Ethnicities and Intersectional Communities

Office of the Chief Scientist Australia

The OCS produces a number of publications, reports and occasional papers that summarises the current state of the workforce in STEM. A selection is linked below:

The Australian STEM Workforce

Gender in STEM

Reports specific to Medical Research and Immunology

SAGE Statistics on Gender Equity in Australian Research

"Here's what is being done to empower, promote and retain Australian Women in Science" by Dr Jessica Borger in Women's Agenda 2019

"Feminism is for everybody" editorial in the Lancet 2019

Journal of Immunology- Equity in Immunology Report 2016

International Union of Immunological Societies Gender Equity Committee Annual Reports


United Nations Women
An international UN organisation focused on gender equality, working to develop and uphold standards and create an environment in which every woman and girl can exercise her human rights and live up to her full potential.

Diversity Council Australia
An Australian independent not-for-profit peak body leading diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

500 Women Scientists
An international collective whose members pledge to build an inclusive scientific community dedicated to training a more diverse group of future leaders in science and to use the language of science to bridge divides and enhance global diplomacy.

Association for Women in the Sciences (AWIS) New Zealand
A New Zealand organisation that provides networks for women interested or working in the sciences and aims to improve visibility for women in the sciences.

Franklin Women
An Australian community of women working in health and medical research related careers

Women in STEMM Australia
An Australian association that aims to connect women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) regardless of their discipline and profession.

Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE)
An Australian initiative piloting the Athena Swan model from the UK's Equality Challenge Unit to accredit institutions that are working towards gender equity.


For women- and STEM-related literature, follow and join the STEMMinist Book Club: Book list: Twitter: @stemminist

We highly recommended the following:

“Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong and the New Research That’s Rewriting the Story” by Angela Saini
From intelligence to emotion, for centuries science has told us that men and women are fundamentally different. But this is not the whole story. Shedding light on controversial research and investigating the ferocious gender wars in biology, psychology and anthropology, Saini takes readers on an eye-opening journey to uncover how women are being rediscovered. She explores what these revelations mean for us as individuals and as a society, revealing an alternative view of science in which women are included, rather than excluded. Saini is currently preparing a follow-up called “Superior” which debunks race science for publication in 2019.

“Women Kind: Unlocking the Power of Women Supporting Women” by Dr Kirstin Ferguson and Catherine Fox
Women are rallying together in a massive and unstoppable force to make their voices heard around the world in ways we have never seen before. When Dr Kirstin Ferguson, an Australian company director, decided she was fed up with the vicious online abuse of women, she turned the tables and used social media to create the #CelebratingWomen campaign, profiling two women from anywhere in the world and every walk of life, every day for a year. The response was overwhelming. In Women Kind, Ferguson joins Walkley award-winning journalist and leading commentator on women in the workplace Catherine Fox to examine how women's shared clout is transforming communities, workplaces and leadership; show that every woman is a role model; and challenge the idea that women regularly turn on each other for scarce seats at the top table. Ferguson and Fox urge us to get on board and forget the old saying that when a woman climbs the corporate ladder, she needs to send it back down to help one other woman. What's needed is a fishing net to bring up many women together, all supporting each other.


Industry Mentoring Network in STEM (IMNIS)

Women In Leadership Development (WILD) program

Franklin Women Mentoring Program

Australian Society of Medical Research Mentoring Program

Science and Technology Australia Superstars of STEM

Veski STEM sidebyside

Homeward Bound


Georgina Sweet Award for Women in Quantitative Biomedical Science

Veski Inspiring Women Fellowship

L’Oreal For Women in Science Prize

BioMelbourne Network Women in Leadership Awards