The Unspoken Challenge: Menopause in the Workplace

As I reflect on my journey through menopause and its impact on my professional life, I’m struck by the silence that shrouds this natural phase of life, especially for women in STEM. The facts are stark and telling: women of menopausal age represent the fastest-growing workforce demographic. By 2030, 25 percent of the female population […]

International Women’s Day 2021: The Women in STEM

In celebration of IWD 2021, we take a look at three of our amazing clients and how each of these women began their journey into STEM. Katrina Sealey Head of Research Data and Software AAO Macquarie University 1. What inspired you to get into astronomy? From a young age I was always fascinated by the […]

Discovering the business behind a good idea


My name is Erinn Watts and after recently completing my HSC, I had the opportunity to do work experience at Gemaker. Gemaker is a commercialisation and marketing intelligence consultancy that helps companies to transforms ideas into products for the commercial market. As someone who is looking to possibly enter the field of medical research, my […]

International Women’s Day: a balanced report

The theme for IWD2019 (8 March) is #BalanceforBetter: The better the balance, the better the world. The bad news We still have far to go before the Australian workforce is gender-balanced. Firstly, there are financial imbalances: Secondly, there are leadership imbalances. Women represent only: These imbalances can’t be blamed on women being less qualified, because […]

How small business can have a big impact on STEM education

To sustain Australia’s STEM industries, businesses need to step up and help schools and teachers to educate and motivate the next generation of innovators. You don’t need to be a large corporation to have a positive impact on STEM education, as demonstrated by gemaker’s small but powerful contributions in 2018, described below. We hope to […]

My grandma: a gem shaped by adversity

On this International Women’s Day, I’m honouring an international woman who was incredibly resilient, resourceful and self-sacrificing: my 91-year-old grandma, Erzsebet (Elizabeth) Szakacs, who died last week. As the world faces increasing displacement of people through war and natural disasters, and Australians debate our migration policies, learning my grandma’s life story has given me enormous […]

Calling all parents – Australia’s future female scientists need your support now

Women are underrepresented and underpaid in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The majority of programs and schemes addressing this problem focus on girls, or their teachers, or on assisting businesses to engage with female students. But these often leave out one vital factor: the parents of girls. To realise the full benefits of an […]