Summary: WOMEN ENGINEERING ACADEMICS IN AUSTRALIA: TRENDS IN EMPLOYMENT
Jean Armstrong* and Clare Bellis**
*School of Electronic Engineering,
Faculty of Science and Technology,
La Trobe University, Bundoora, Victoria 3083, Australia.
** Department of Actuarial Studies and Demography,
School of Economic and Financial Studies,
Macquarie University, New South Wales 2109, Australia.
ABSTRACT: Women currently form a very small but growing minority of engineering academics in Australia. In a 1993
paper , the authors demonstrated that the employment profile for women academics in engineering was similar to that of
women in other disciplines: women are concentrated in the lower academic levels and in untenured positions.
In this paper, statistics for male and female engineering academics in Australia from 1989 to 1994 are analysed and the trends
for both sexes are presented. Despite increases in the number of women academics in engineering, they are still heavily
concentrated in the lower levels. In 1994, for every age cohort, women occupied lower levels than men in the same age range.
Statistics are presented showing the distribution of engineering academics across universities by gender. These show that there
is a range in the percentage of women academics in engineering. In only one university are more than 10% of engineering
academics holding tenurable positions female. Thirteen universities have no women in tenurable positions: of these, eight have
no women engineering academics at all, tenured or untenured.
In this paper the trends in employment for women