Science is needed by the world if we're going to be successful as a human race. Science needs women if we're going to embrace the full human potential," said Club Melbourne Ambassador Dr Cathy Foley.
Sunday 8 March marked International Women’s Day. As the Deputy Director and Science Director at CSIRO Manufacturing Flagship, Dr Foley advocates for accountability in organisations to ensure women are recognised for their potential to lead, that opportunities are presented and management practices are in place to address diversity and equity every month of the year, not just in March.
A number of high profile Club Melbourne Ambassadors have recently been advocating for change on this issue. Professor Kathryn North AM, Director at Murdoch Childrens Research Institute (MCRI), has been a voice for women in leadership. It was therefore unsurprising that she was one of the five Parkville-based institute directors who backed the Women in Science Parkville Precinct (WISPP) initiative launched late last year. The directors of The Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health and MCRI stepped up in a collaborative effort to boost numbers of women in leadership and improve gender equity across the precinct.