Gender equity instrumentalism and (re)building the nation through innovation: critical reflections on women and STEM Policy in Australia

Cuthbert, D and Sidelil, L 2019, 'Gender equity instrumentalism and (re)building the nation through innovation: critical reflections on women and STEM Policy in Australia' in Deanne E. Neubauer and Surinderpal Kaur (ed.) Gender and the Changing Face of Higher Education in Asia Pacific, Palgrave Macmillan, Switzerland, pp. 57-71.


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Title Gender equity instrumentalism and (re)building the nation through innovation: critical reflections on women and STEM Policy in Australia
Author(s) Cuthbert, D
Sidelil, L
Year 2019
Title of book Gender and the Changing Face of Higher Education in Asia Pacific
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Place of publication Switzerland
Editor(s) Deanne E. Neubauer and Surinderpal Kaur
Start page 57
End page 71
Subjects Gender, Sexuality and Education
Public Policy
Social Policy
Summary In this chapter a critical lens is applied to recent research and innovation policy in Australia on the issue of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). It is argued that the innovation agenda driven by successive Australian Federal governments over the last decade (2007-2017) has brought a renewed focus on women in STEM. This focus, while welcome, has been marked by a reframing of the issue away from a social justice and equity paradigm to a more instrumentalist innovation and knowledge economy labour force framework. Some implications of what we call the gender equity instrumentalism at work in policy discourse in Australia and elsewhere are then explored. Cautionary notes are drawn from feminist scholarship in the field of economic development and gender studies.
Copyright notice © The Author(s) 2019
Keyword(s) Australia
gender equity
STEM policy
innovation
women
ISBN 9783030027940
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