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There are still many occupations out there that are more dominated by males than others. Management roles, technicians, trades workers, machinery operators, drivers, and industry and business leadership roles just to name a few. Men also dominate the construction, mining, and utilities industries.

However, there are many examples of women who have reached the top in their chosen careers within male-dominated industries, who have had or continue to have a massive impact on the next generation of girls and women.

In South Australia, we’re fortunate that we don’t have to look too hard to find a woman making her mark in a male-dominated sector. We have:

  • Julia Gillard, who served as the 27th prime minister of Australia from 2010 to 2013. Julia, who held office as leader of the Australian Labor Party, was the first female Prime Minister in Australian history. ”Being Australia’s first female Prime Minister will always remain the greatest honour of my life.” Hon Julia Gillard AC
  • Chelsea Randall, who became the first female coach in Adelaide’s AFL Program. Chelsea began coaching the team at Adelaide Football Club (the Crows) in July 2022.
  • Flavia Tata Nardini, CEO and Co-founder of Fleet Space Technologies. Flavia’s on a mission to change Earth from space by creating a digital nervous system that will connect every device on our planet. You can watch her being interviewed by IAC TV on YouTube.
  • The Governor of South Australia, Her Excellency the Honourable Frances Adamson AC, who studied economics at the University of Adelaide, became the first captain of the Adelaide University Boat Club in its 103-year history, and who went on to work in the Commonwealth Department of Foreign Affairs and became Australia’s Ambassador to China from 2011-2015.

On our website you’ll find a collection of inspiring case studies of women who have all been where you are, and who have all ignored the ‘norms’ and society’s expectations to achieve success in male-dominated industries. Hyper link to role models

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