Inspiring change for women in STEM

Inspiring change for women in STEM
Natasha Reynolds

A remarkable, young school girl is championing meaningful change… with a helping hand from SOCO

When 9 year old Malia Knox began thinking about her future career, she looked for role models to inspire her. She was surprised to find that there was a lack of women in STEM leadership roles and very few statues celebrating the achievements of women in her hometown of Brisbane.

Deciding to correct the situation Malia started a crowdfunding campaign. Her goal, to celebrate female role models in STEM (science, technology, education, and mathematics), by raising money for a statue of Dr Abigail Allwood to be placed at the Brisbane Planetarium.

Malia hopes that the statue will inspire young women for generations to come

Malia’s role model, Dr Abigail Allwood, grew up in Brisbane and is a world-leading geologist and NASA astrobiologist. Dr Allwood is the first female, and the first Australian, principal investigator on a NASA Mars mission.

Malia’s GoFundMe page was the first stage of this process. With the help of SOCO, she now has the foundation costs and is well-positioned to realise her vision.

SOCO are helping to make this BIG idea real

Dr Abigail Allwood — the girl who looks for life on Mars was featured on ABC's Fierce Girls Podcast.

“Malia’s story resonated with the SOCO family, we are amazed by the leadership and drive Malia has shown.” .

Kaja Pukk – SOCO Senior Information Management Consultant

Malia and her mum Kelly recently visited SOCO’s Brisbane office to meet the staff, including SOCO’s all women Business Central team, and say thank you for the support. We were lucky to be given an exclusive preview of the statue design for Dr. Allwood and Malia gifted a framed picture of the statue concept for the SOCO office.

“What a tremendous way to encourage meaningful change within the IT industry.  We are excited about supporting Malia and celebrating positive female role models across all areas of STEM.

At SOCO we recognise the continued challenge to achieve gender balance in the workplace. We are striving to address this by seeking out, encouraging, and supporting talented women in IT in Australia.”

Sebastian Rizzo – SOCO CEO

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