Every year, Queensland Women's Week recognises and celebrates the achievements of Queensland's women and girls. In 2021, Queensland Women's Week was held from 3 to 14 March and encompassed International Women's Day. Two of our Year 10 students, Isabelle Matthews and Emi Reed were invited to speak at the launch of the Tech Girls Movement 2021 program at Parliament House, Brisbane, as proud alumnae of this life-changing program, designed to encourage girls to consider a future in STEM.
Reflection from Emi Reed.
On Monday 8 March – International Women's Day, myself and Isabelle were given the extraordinary opportunity to represent the Tech Girls Movement and speak with the Attorney General and Minister for Justice, Minister for Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, Shannon Fentiman MP.
The Attorney General was warm and engaging and was thrilled to hear our story of being crowned the winners of the National “Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero" competition in 2017. With a small group of girls in primary school, we created an App to educate and gamify the lessons around sun safety for the 10 – 14 year old market. With our national prize, we then had the incredible opportunity to travel to Silicon Valley in the USA and pitch our App to executives at Facebook and Google headquarters (as well as many other tech companies). We shared with Shannon Fentiman MP the truly life changing impact that this program has had on how we #choosetochallenge ourselves – which was a great connection to this year's IWD theme!
They say that you can't be what you can't see and exposing girls to STEM at an early age truly does open up a world of opportunity! With this spirit in mind, and regardless of gender identity let's remember that we can all #choosetochallenge ourselves at QAHS!