ANU engineering PhD student Francesca Maclean has been awarded the 2017 Young ACT Woman of the Year for her work to promote gender equity in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) at the University. The award was announced as part of celebrations for International Women's Day and was one of three ACT Women's Awards presented by the ACT Minister for Women, Yvette Berry MLA.
Francesca and fellow student Emily Campbell founded a student-run volunteer organisation called ANU Fifty50, which aims to develop an equitable and inclusive study and work environment, particularly for women. Francesca and Emily received a grant from the Gender Institute in 2015 for a CECS gender equity initiative.
Francesca has played a vital role in leading the group to run mentoring programs, workshops and public events, as well as mentoring many undergraduate female students herself.
The ACT Women's Awards recognise the achievements of women who have made an outstanding contribution to the lives of women and girls in the Canberra community.