How Fortescue Metals became the second ASX company in Australia’s history to have a board dominated by women

Originally published by Women’s Agenda – November 2016. A few years ago Fortescue Metals Group was the last ASX50 company to have an all-male board. Less than three years on, it will become only the second ASX-listed company to have a board dominated by women.   Fortescue’s chairman and founder, Andrew Forrest, was unwilling to […]

Swinburne offers engineering research fellowships just for women

Originally published by Engineers Australia – October 2016. Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne is offering research fellowships for women in Engineering and IT, which it says is a first for the Australian tertiary sector. The Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellowships – Women in STEM are designed to address the underrepresentation of women in STEM and […]

Stats Reveal Women in Resources on the Rise

THE number of women directly employed across Australia’s resource industry has seen its biggest quarterly increase in eight years – an encouraging result as resource employers focus on diversifying their workforces for greater competitiveness. According to recently released Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) labour force data, the number of women working in the industry jumped […]

Nevada’s Mining Industry Looks To Boost Female Ranks

From geologists to truck drivers, women have been working jobs in the mining industry for much of the last half century. Yet for all their progress, women are still largely under-represented in the industry, prompting some trade groups to take a closer look at gender disparity. Reno Public Radio’s Julia Ritchey brings us the first […]

The men who can change the Australian mining industry

A small milestone to report this week – albeit one that has been 30 years in the making. Way back in the days when he was still learning the microscopic characteristics of plagioclase feldspar during mineralogy labs at the Royal School of Mines (RSM) in London in 1984, your scribe was elected to what is […]

Mining – it’s not just about rocks!

This article was originally published by the AusIMM Bulletin magazine – June 2016. ‘Mining is the extraction of minerals and metals from the earth…’ or so the definition in the dictionary goes. Stephanie Mathews. When people talk about mining, it is usually described as lots of dust and dirt, heavy duty machinery, high-vis clothing and […]

Nurturing The Next Female Generation

Eighteen months ago, I asked my four-year-old daughter what would she like to be when she grows up. She responded without hesitation that she would like to be a princess. Whilst on the outside I supported her choice and told her the importance of education in becoming a princess, on the inside I cringed a […]