Dr Cathy Foley, Australia's Chief Scientist
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Australia’s Chief Scientist Cathy Foley on menopause, role models, women in STEM and the importance of older workers in tackling the skills shortage

- September 29, 2021 8 MIN READ

  Throughout my research and working career, I have never wanted my gender to be an issue.   I was focused on getting on with the job of being a scientist. But gender is not easily ignored. I remember trying to fit in when I studied physics at university, and just be one of the boys… Read more »

STEM
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Why investors should back female-led startups

- June 29, 2021 3 MIN READ

When deciding what startups to back, investors would be smart to consider female-led companies. Research shows that startups with female founders consistently outperform those led solely by men, generating higher profits and higher returns on investment. A study by BCG and MassChallenge found that female-led businesses generated 12% higher revenues annually, using an average of… Read more »

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5 female founders from the ACS innovation labs share their stories

- March 8, 2021 10 MIN READ

Today, 8 March, we celebrate International Women’s Day. In this special feature from Information Age, managing editor Roulla Yiacoumi, she speaks to five female founders across the ACS innovation labs in Sydney and Melbourne about the hurdles they’ve overcome, the best business advice they’ve been given, and the dumbest thing someone has said to them (you… Read more »

Women in tech

Startmate’s women-only Fellowships have opened for applications

- February 9, 2021 2 MIN READ

Applications for Startmate’s Fellowships for Australian and New Zealand women are open, offering up to 100 ambitious women a way to become involved in the startup sector through mentorship, networking and practical skill building. Mentors from companies such as Atlassian, Canva, Zip, Blackbird, Square Peg, and SafetyCulture will offer guidance to the Fellows as part… Read more »

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9 incredible women entrepreneurs making a difference in 2020

- November 19, 2020 3 MIN READ

November 19 is International Women’s Entrepreneurship Day so today we are celebrating fabulous women in business making a difference to the lives of everyday Australians. Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WED) was founded by entrepreneur Wendy Diamond following a trip to Honduras where she witnessed extreme poverty. Diamond was inspired to pioneer a movement to empower women… Read more »

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Facebook boss Sheryl Sandberg’s advice for women to ‘lean in’ and be more confident doesn’t help – and the data shows it

- October 17, 2020 3 MIN READ

  “Just be more confident, be more ambitious, be more like a man.” These are the words of advice given over and over to women in a bid to close the career and earnings gaps between women and men. From self-help books to confidence coaching, the message to “lean in” and show confidence in the… Read more »