The women helping the push for parity in Ballarat

ROLE MODEL: Loreto graduate and scientist Michelle McIntosh returns to Ballarat to talk about her ground-breaking work in maternal health. Picture: via Loreto College Ballarat

ROLE MODEL: Loreto graduate and scientist Michelle McIntosh returns to Ballarat to talk about her ground-breaking work in maternal health. Picture: via Loreto College Ballarat

WORLD-leading scientist Michelle McIntosh will return home for a Loreto College breakfast to push for progress on gender parity.

The Loreto alumna, whose work has been recognised by United States former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is a strong advocate for promoting women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers and education.

Professor McIntosh is guest speaker for Loreto’s annual International Women’s Day breakfast on Thursday.

This year’s international theme is #pressforprogress, a call-to-action to progress gender parity and inclusion.

A new landmark survey shows fewer than a third of young Australian women believe they are treated equally to men in the workplace. The University of Sydney study, released on Tuesday, also unearthed “shocking” levels of sexual harassment at work and an “alarming” trend for women to delaying childbirth to safeguard careers.

It comes at a time of the high-profile #MeToo and #TimesUp movements against sexual harassment in Hollywood.

Professor McIntosh made her mark in work to create a life-saving drug to prevent blood loss in women after childbirth in developing nations. Read more about Professor McIntosh’s work here.

The breakfast will also celebrate the progress and achievements of Loreto students and graduates.

A sold-out evening function will also bring together a decorated, diverse and empowering International Women’s Day panel in a fundraising event for Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute.

This includes: criminal lawyer-turned-designer Yuge Bromley; investigative journalist Louise Milligan; Daylesford’s Lakehouse culinary director and co-founder Alla Wolf-Tasker; State Library Victoria chief executive officer Kate Torney; and FECRI ovarian cancer researcher Professor Nuzhat Ahmed.

City of Ballarat will also host an afternoon tea at 3.43pm at Alfred Deakin Place, Camp Street, on Thursday to symbolise the gender pay gap. The time 3.43pm signifies the 16 per cent gender pay gap and time from which women are working for free compared to salaries of male counterparts. 

– with The Age

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