QLD Minister rallies high schoolers to close gender pay gap

The State Government is urging high school girls to apply for traditionally male-dominated careers in a new, targetted approach to close Australia’s gender pay gap.

Queensland’s Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch says that in her speech next Monday at the EmpowHer conference – for young women in Years 9 to 11 – she wants to urge the students to “dream big and consider fields in which women are currently under represented.”

“Whether it be in government, business or the professions, we need more women’s voices at the table so that policies reflect the diverse nature off our society,” said the Minister.


Ms Enoch said the focus should be on jobs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

“Increasing the number of girls and women involved in STEM-related learning and career development must be a state and national priority, as the bulk of the knowledge jobs and innovative breakthroughs in the future will require STEM skills.”