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Canberra's hidden figures: the three women inspiring females into ICT roles

Monday, 20 Feb 2017

By Bree Winchester, The Canberra Times ACT News, February 20 2017 - 5:06PM

As millions flock to cinemas for science inspiration in new Hollywood blockbuster Hidden Figures, three women right here in the ACT continue their daily work of inspiring women into science and technology careers.

Ingrid McCarthy, Kirsten Waterman and Professor Elanor Huntington are Canberra's answer to 'Hidden Figures'. Photo: Jay Cronan

Professor Elanor Huntington, Ingrid McCarthy and Kirsten Waterman are all leaders in the science and technology sector in Canberra, and all have the same vision: to encourage higher participation rates of females in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and information and communications technology (ICT) careers.

The women united for a Canberra Wise Women and Australian Computer Society event on Thursday, and agreed imposter syndrome, unconscious gender bias and a lack of female role models all played a role in the low participation rates of females in STEM careers.

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