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Young female role models paint new STEM picture
18 February 2019
Westpac WIRE took a look at the careers of two young women making their mark in Science. Suddenly STEM looks a lot less scary with role models like Toby Hendy and Shelley Wickham.
EduTuber Toby Hendy (above) uses YouTube to take her message about physics and maths to the world. As one of only a few female science channel presenters, her show helps to address the absence of females in science - online and in reality. Toby wants her presence to inspire girls to consider STEM subjects at school and beyond. Toby is a Westpac Future Leaders Scholar (2017). To read more about Toby and see why she is determined to take her Tibees’ physics Youtube channel further, despite the negative, sexist commentary she sometimes experiences, see the WIRE.
Dr Shelley Wickham (above right) is a nanorobotics expert and lectures in physics and chemistry. In 2018 she was awarded a Westpac Research Fellowship. In this WIRE article she speaks with Professor Maryanne Large (above left) about how Maryanne inspired and mentored her.
For Maryanne, a career in physics has made her very aware of gender inequity and determined to fight it.