School of Physics Equity Committee

Useful web based resources

The Australian Institute of Physics (AIP) has a Woman in Physics (WiP) Group

One of the major activities of the WiP group is the Australian Institute of Physics International Women in Physics Lecture Series. The WiP Lecture series celebrates the contribution of women to advances in physics. Under this scheme, a woman who has made a significant contribution in a field of physics travels to each state branch of the AIP (QLD, NSW, ACT, Vic, Tas, SA and WA) to give a series of lectures. In particular a public lecture of interest to a non-specialist audience is organized in each state. This public lecture helps to lift the profile of women in physics, showcases excellent physics research and increases awareness of physics careers among students and their families.

Where are the Women in Australian Science

This site provides information about women and the roles they played in the history of Australian science (including physics), technology and medicine.

UNSW Gender Equity Project

In 2002 the University committed to improving the representation of women amongst academic staff. Information about the program is available at the Staff Equity website.

Copies of reports into the Gender equity in academic employment of UNSW and the Faculty of the Built Environment are available at this site.

  • Gender equity in academic employment at the University South Wales. Probert, B., Ewer, P. and Leong, K. (2002). Centre for Applied Social Research, RMIT University . June. 2002
  • Faculty of the Built Environment Report Gender Equity Project Report 2003. Rachel Gray and Jude Stoddart, Equity and Diversity Unit, University of New South Wales October 2003.
  • See also Maximising Potential in Physics: Investigation of the Academic Profile of the School of Physics at the University of New South Wales. Marion Stevens-Kalceff, Susan Hagon, Maria Cunningham and Aileen Woo. (2007) School of Physics , University of New South Wales . Australia ISBN 978 0 7334 2590 5

The potential of women's programmes to generate institutional change A. Devos, J. McLean and P. O'Hara: HERDSA 2003 conference proceedings. The role of women-only professional development programmes is investigated.

The Athena Project (The Royal Society)

The Athena Project is a UK-wide initiative which developed out of the Committee of Vice Chancellors and Principals Commission on University Career Opportunities. The aims are to remove discrimination against women in Higher Education and to increase significantly the numbers of women in top posts by 2007. In 1999 the Steering Committee issued a call for development grants to encourage strategies to promote good practice and other incentives to improve the access, participation and promotion of women in Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) in Higher Education.

Athena Reports are available on at

See in particular the

  • (report 22) “Athena Good Practice Guide”
  • (report 26) “ASSET 2003: The Athena Survey of Science Engineering and Technology in Higher Education”

The Institute of Physics ( UK ) has a Woman in Physics (WP) Group which includes a Women in Research and Academia Subgroup. The WP Group encourages professional development, organises an annual meeting with discussions of topical interest, regularly produces a newsletter.

See also Equity for Women in Physics by Marcia Barbosa in IoP’s Physics World, July 2003. See also links to related articles

Women in Science (EU)

Women are under-represented in science and in decision-making bodies concerned with scientific issues. The European Commission recognizes this is both a waste of human resources and a serious obstacle for the development of the sciences and for European society as a whole. Information on strategies and programs to improve the participation of women is available here.

Contributions of 20th Century Women to Physics An archive of data on 83 twentieth century women who have made original and important contributions to physics is presented.

American Institute of Physics (AIP)

  • Women in Physics and Astronomy, 2005.
    Rachel Ivie, Kim Nies Ray AIP Publication Number R-430.02 February, 2005
  • Women Physicists Speak: The 2001 International Study of Women in Physics
    Rachel Ivie, Roman Czujko, Katie Stowe.
  • Women in Physics, 2000.
    R. Ivie, K. Stowe, AIP Publication Number. R-430 (2000).

These reports are available online

The American Physical Society (APS)

The Committee on the Status of Women in Physics (CSWP) offers programs and publications to encouragement the career development of women in physics. The Gazette newsletter is the official newsletter of the CSWP and an excellent source of information exchange. Due to concern at the relatively small percentage of female physics students and staff, the American Physical Society designed its “Climate for Women Site Visit Program.” This program has been developed to help physics departments improve the "chilly climate" that women in physics sometimes experience.

Other resources of interest

IUPAP Working Group on Women in Physics
International Union of Pure and Applied Physics ( IUPAP) International Conference on Women in Physics was held in Paris , France , from March, 2002. The Conference surveyed and investigated under-representation of women and developed strategies to increase participation in physics.

A Study on the Status of Women Faculty in Science at MIT (1999)
This ground breaking report resulted from the establishment in 1995 of a Committee by the Dean of Science to analyse the status of women faculty. 2002 update .

The Gender Equity Report, Pennsylvania State University , Dec 2001

Faculty and Families Project (2001)
Robert Drago, Ann C. Crouter, Mark Wardell, Billie S. Willits. Pennsylvania State University The project investigated the difficulties faculty face in combining their academic and family commitments. This site also has links to other reports into family issues including child and elder care

NSF ADVANCE at the University of Washington Center for Intuitional Change
The goal of the ADVANCE program is to increase the participation of women in the science, engineering, and mathematics workforce through the increased representation and advancement of women in academic careers. Recruitment and retention issues are addressed.

Report of the Task Force on the Status of Women Faculty in the Natural Sciences and Engineering at Princeton , Virginia Zakian et al. May 2003

Committee on the Status of Women Faculty at Caltech Anneila I. Sargent, Dec., 2001.

NSF ADVANCE Assessing the Academic Work Environment for Women Scientists and Engineers University of Michigan Report (2002)

Achieving Gender Equity in Science Classrooms
Compiled by Women Science Students and Science Faculty and Staff at New England Consortium for Undergraduate Science Education (NECUSE) Colleges


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