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South Australian Women in STEM to be celebrated through Wikibomb (SA)

2016-08-16

The profiles of South Australian women who have excelled in science, technology, engineering or mathematics will receive a significant boost today courtesy of a 'Wikibomb' event.

About 50 women with an interest in STEM will gather today to raise awareness of the many pioneering South Australian women who have excelled in STEM by updating and creating Wikipedia pages devoted to them.

The event has been organised by the Office for Women, in partnership with Microsoft South Australia, as part of National Science Week.

The Wikibomb is an opportunity to raise the profile of women in STEM, increase women's contributions to Wikipedia and provide technical skills and experience to the women

The initiative include entries about South Australian women pioneering advances in the engineering of life-saving medical devices, and leading research into new medical transplant procedures.

The Women in STEM Wikibomb will be held from 12.30-2.30pm on Tuesday 16 August at Microsoft, Level 12, 147 Pirie Street, Adelaide.

Participants will be allocated a woman in STEM to research, and provided information about contributing to Wikipedia.
For more information about the Wikibomb, visit www.officeforwomen.sa.gov.au/STEM

For more information about National Science Week, visit www.scienceweek.net.au

Background

Wikibombs involve a group of people meeting in person or online to build Wikipedia pages on a common topic or theme to raise awareness of that topic.

Women continue to be significantly under-represented in STEM study and employment. Of the 2.7 million Australians with STEM qualifications in 2010-11, only 19% were women.

The South Australian Government's women's policy Achieving Women's Equality includes a focus on increasing the participation of women in STEM study and employment.

National Science Week (13 – 21 August 2016) is Australia's annual celebration of science and technology. It is an opportunity to acknowledge the contributions of Australian scientists to the world of knowledge and aims to encourage an interest in science.

Quotes attributable to Minister for the Status of Women, Zoe Bettison

This Wikibomb event is an innovative way to raise awareness of women in STEM.

Increasing the number of women studying and working in non-traditional female industries is a priority for the government

Showcasing the achievements of women in STEM online is an important way to get women, especially young women, interested in pursuing study or employment in these fields.

Getting more women working or studying in STEM is another way we can continue improving the economic status and financial independence of South Australian women.

Quotes attributable to State Director, Microsoft, Dr Eva Balan-Vnuk

I am excited to be involved in this Wikibomb, where women will support and learn from each other and celebrate the success of other women in the STEM field.

Wikipedia is one of the top ten websites in the world, but most of its contributors and editors are men. This event provides an opportunity for women to gain coding skills as well as increase the number of women who contribute to Wikipedia.

Microsoft strives to be a leader in attracting women to careers in high tech. This Wikibomb event is an example of our commitment to collaborating with others to attract women to the field of computer technology.

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