On the ninth annual International Day of Women and Girls in Science (IDWGS), Gippsland Water is recognising staff who keep the taps running.

Each year on February 11, IDWGS aims to close the gender gap in science and celebrate the achievements of women in the field.

Managing director Sarah Cumming said it is important to encourage more women and girls to pursue a career in science and in the water industry.

“Much of what we do would not be possible without the expertise and experience of our staff working in science,” Ms Cumming said. “However, we are very aware women continue to be outnumbered in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) across Australia. So we’re shining a light on the pathways and experiences of women currently knocking down barriers to open up pathways for others.”

Taylor Woods is a Wastewater Treatment Compliance Specialist at Gippsland Water. Her role focuses strengthening collaboration within the business in the area of environmental stewardship.

“I studied Environmental Science – Wildlife and Conservation – at university,” Ms Woods said. “I’ve always been drawn to nature, its beauty, and the sense of calm its brings when you’re immersed in it.

Ms Woods said she didn’t encounter many female mentors early in her career and instead found herself looking outside her immediate field to find women to learn from.

“I’m proud to have taken the opportunities I’ve had; I’m continually developing and broadening my experiences so I can be a mentor for other women and girls in science in the future.”

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