Fay Davidson is passionate about equality and inclusion.
Fay is an equity practitioner and senior project officer at UWA, researching gender and diversity, the gender pay gap, our employer of choice strategy and family friendly policies, and aligning the University’s equity strategy with its over-arching business strategy.
“My research and monitoring indicates that despite much being done to improve the careers of women academics and professional staff, there are still challenges embedding principles that will reduce the gendered pay gap, and reshape the gender balance in the workforce.”
Fay is thrilled that UWA has been selected to participate in the Athena SWAN Charter pilot project being implemented by The Australian Academy of Science to improve gender equity in Australian STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine) organisations.
“This is a really exciting development for UWA. The initiative highlights the urgency of changing career outcomes for women in the science, technology, engineering and maths disciplines. We hope that the same approach will have an equal impact on staff and students in all disciplines and fields,” Fay said.
Fay and Professor Carolyn Oldham are leading the Pilot, under the sponsorship of the SDVC Prof Dawn Freshwater, and will be looking for staff and students that are interested in sitting on UWA’s Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team (SAT).
“The SAT will drive our Athena SWAN work. We will be looking for a really diverse team, including researchers, postgraduate and undergraduate students, part-time staff, men and women,” said Fay. “If you are interested check out the Athena SWAN Project Update page on the Sustainable Futures website and see our call for expressions of interest in the announcement section below.”
Fay’s equality and inclusion interest is not limited to gender challenges. She is also a registered marriage celebrant and is thrilled that UWA has publicly supported same sex marriage. In her spare time she is working on her doctorate at Curtin University researching the intersection of corporate social responsibility and offshore business process outsourcing, and the impact of cross-cultural management.