Gender Equity Week 2019 – Making progress, together


The exciting line up has been announced for Macquarie University’s second Gender Equity Week, which runs from Monday 4 to Friday 8 March (International Women’s Day).

Since the launch of our Workplace Gender Equity Strategy in 2017, the University’s focus on ‘fixing the system’ ­is having a real impact, and there are many success stories to share (you might remember our story Engineering emerges from the man cave last September).

Gender Equity Week is a chance for us all to reflect and celebrate progress against our gender equity goals, and continue (or start!) important conversations about how we can all make improvements to the way we work, so that we’re creating a more equitable culture at Macquarie – for everyone.

Check out the event highlights below and jump onto the Gender Equity Week event site to register for any events you’d like to attend.

Lectures and showcases

Gender Equity Week Lecture – Catherine Fox, author of Stop Fixing Women 

Monday 4 March, 1 – 2pm
Journalist and author Catherine Fox is one of Australia’s leading commentators on women and the workforce. Her book Stop Fixing Women explores how workplaces can improve gender equity by changing their systems, rather than the behaviour of women within them.

The Neuropsychology of Sex and Gender – Associate Professor Markus Hausmann (Durham University, UK)

Tuesday 5 March, 10.30am – 12pm
Are there innate differences in the cognitive abilities of men and women that might explain why women remain a minority in STEMM disciplines? A fascinating lecture exploring the facts and fictions of gender difference.

MQ Women Shaping the Future 

Wednesday 6 March, 1:30 – 3pm
Back by popular demand, this fast-paced event features ten exceptional female academics whose work is shaping the world in truly amazing ways. A highlight of last year’s Gender Equity Week, this inspiring and entertaining event is not to be missed.

Join the conversation

Macquarie University female sport scholars and leaders changing the landscape: An in-depth discussion on balance, performance and parity.

Thursday, 7 March, 10:30 – 11:30am
Join our specialist panel of Macquarie sport scholars, ambassadors, alumni and leaders who double as Olympians, professional athletes and international umpires as they explore the challenges and successes of #BalanceForBetter [this year’s International Women’s Day theme].

The Big Friday of Social Entrepreneurship: Women Who Change the World 

Friday, 8 March, 9am-12:30pm
Female social activists and entrepreneurs take the stage to discuss their journey towards becoming change makers, shed light on the power of women to make macro-level impact and share the inspiring story of their organisation.

>> Visit The Big Friday website to find out more and register for this session.

Help ‘fix the system’

The 4th Macquarie University Gender Equity Summit 

Monday 4 March, 2.30 – 4.30pm
Bring your colleagues and join your fellow Macquarie staff as we come together to review our gender equity progress to date, share ideas and help shape the University’s next steps towards equity and inclusion for all.

Register for Gender Equity Week events.





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