Navy leads the way for young women

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Location(s): Mackay, Queensland

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Navy leads the way for young women

Celebrating the achievements of women in leadership positions through a Navy lens, was at the foreground for female secondary school students interested in a career in science at a recent forum held in Mackay, Queensland.
Royal Australian Navy’s Director General Technical Seaworthiness, Commodore Katherine Richards, was invited by the Mackay Zonta Club as the key-note guest speaker at the 'Young Women in Sciences Forum'.
The accomplished Commodore Richards reflected on the Navy traditions and her personal traits during her 27 year career as a Marine Engineering Officer in the Royal Australian Navy.

Commodore Richards said that a career in science, technology, engineering and mathematics – known as STEM, would be instrumental in solving problems like disease, poverty, pollution, climate change, war and oppression that are faced by the world today.

“These problems need people who can take an idea and turn it into reality, people who can create and use tools to make life better," Commodore Richards said.

“Whilst science is an activity of knowing, engineering and technology are the activities of doing, and it is mathematics that unites them as both a language and a tool."

“It is this notion that we can make things better that drives so many in STEM fields and which inspires so many to join the good fight and pursue STEM careers,” she said.

With a wide variety of sea and shore appointments, Commodore Richards offered guidance and shared her secrets to success as an engineer and a naval officer.

“To plan, build relationships and to know yourself are the three things, whether applied to a career in the STEM fields or indeed any other endeavour, can open doors to a range of opportunities and a rich and fulfilling life,” said Commodore Richards.

As at 1 January 2016, 8,848 women make up 15.4 per cent of the permanent full-time Australian Defence Force of which 18.8 per cent in serve in the Navy and hold 11.4 per cent of the Captain equivalent and above ranks in the Australian Defence Force.