SMS scnews item created by Stephanie Swanson at Thu 17 Sep 2015 1124
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Major gender equity initiative launched

Yesterday Nalini helped to launch the SAGE Pilot which attracted significant media coverage:

- What it's like to be a women working in science, and how to make it better, The Conversation, 16 September
- Half of Australian universities sign up to SAGE gender-equity program, The Sydney Morning Herald, 16 September
- Boost to gender equity in science, The Sydney Morning Herald, 16 September
- Program to judge equality for women, The Australian, 16 September (If you do not have a subscription, you can log in to the University's subscription via ProQuest. You can read the article on ProQuest here: Program to judge equality for women Trounson, Andrew. The Australian [Canberra, A.C.T] 16 Sep 2015: 36.)
- Program to push for gender equity in STEMM fields, ABC News, 16 September
- Half of Australia's universities are working together to end sexism in science. This is awesome., Science Alert, 16 September
- Pilot program will be a game changer for women in science [ATSE], 16 September
- ARC welcomes new pilot for research gender equity, 16 September
- Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) pilot launched [AMSI], 16 September

#SAGEPilot trended in Australia yesterday

A number of participating universities have also put out media releases:

- ANU to tackle gender equity
- Monash University selected as inaugural member of SAGE pilot for gender equality
- Pilot program a "game changer" for women in science [UTS]
- SAGE program to stem loss of women scientists [Deakin]
- Swinburne to take part in gender equity pilot program
- UniSA joins SAGE to boost women in science
- UNSW joins national equity program for women in science
- UQ to help boost Australia's gender equity in STEM
- UWA to be included in upcoming SAGE Pilot
- Women in science supported with new gender equity pilot [UOW]
- ATN universities unite to address gender inequity
- ECU ready to fly with Athena SWAN to improve gender equity in academia


SAGE is a program of activities designed to improve gender equity in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) sectors. In November 2014 the Australian Academy of Science (the Academy) hosted the SAGE Forum to understand areas of critical impact on gender equity in STEM. A key proposal of this Forum was to undertake an Australian Pilot of the Athena SWAN Charter, a UK program to evaluate, address and provide accreditation on gender equity policies.

You can find out more about SAGE at:
- the Science in Australia Gender Equity website
- the Australian Academy of Science website

Read about the Athena Swan Charter at the Equality Challenge Unit website.

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