Women in the fields of science and technology are being urged to step up and shine as the community of women in tech officially comes of age. Women In Technology (WiT), a professional body for women in ICT and life sciences, is celebrating its 21st year with plans to host the biggest award program to date.

While women are encouraged to nominate themselves for an award, women are being urged to ‘dob-in’ a star. WiT Co-Presidents Alison Rice and Joanna Field said, “women can be very reluctant to put themselves forward but this is their opportunity to shine. There are many women doing amazing work in Queensland and often, they are quietly working behind the scenes and it takes events, like the WiT awards, to bring them to the community’s attention and to inspire others to follow their lead.”

“Our female scientists are leading world class research and our entrepreneurs and expert professionals are breaking new ground in IT, digital technologies and online services,” says Alison and Joanna. The  annual WiT awards showcase women that have achieved a high standard of results in traditionally male dominated careers at a time when Australia is working hard to attract more women into STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) disciplines. “The nomination process is quick and easy. If you know a woman who is making an outstanding contribution to science and technology please nominate them. It might be just the confidence and career boost they need.”

There are 12 award categories recognising young achievers, professionals, entrepreneurs, start up innovators and employers who are actively encouraging female talent and promoting diversity in the technology workplace.

Readers also enjoyed this story about SHINE Business Women.