Her Story: Inspiring Women in STEM

Nobel Prize winner Marie Curie; actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr; fossil hunter Mary Anning; and countless other extraordinary women have made important discoveries that have shaped our world. The incredible stories of these women are powerful, inspiring, staggeringly challenging and all around us.

By sharing these stories we present visible role models who can inspire, encourage and motivate the next generation of young women to follow their dreams and pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

Her Story: Inspiring Women in STEM celebrates amazing women who are blazing their own trails and encouraging others to do the same. Their stories are honest and inspiring, and show that by following your passion, you can achieve anything.

The series started in 2020 with Emily Hack, a recent graduate with a degree in Civil Structural Engineering and a Bachelor of Science, double majoring in Chemistry. While completing her degree she did work experience with SA Water and was offered a role as a Graduate Engineer.

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Emily's story

"When you’re studying it’s very abstract. Throughout high school and university it’s giving you all of the skills that you need to then apply to solve real world problems."

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Caroline's story

Professor Caroline McMillen is the Chief Scientist for South Australia. For many years she has been a researcher in Adelaide and worked at the University of Adelaide and the University of South Australia.

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Pamela's story

Pam Melroy is a retired United States Air Force officer, NASA Astronaut, and Space Shuttle Commander. She is one of only two women to have commanded the Space Shuttle.

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Rachael's Story

Dr. Rachael King is a Research Scientist at South Australian Museum, specialising in the taxonomy and evolutionary history of crustaceans from both marine and freshwater environments.

This series is made possible with support from the Hon. Dr Diana Laidlaw AM.

Production Partner: Randy Larcombe Film + Stills

Series Partner: The University of Adelaide

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