The Australian Academy of Science is sponsoring this great initiative to improve gender equity in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine. A presenter from the Academy addressed the University community on 1 December about the University of Canberra’s participation in this initiative. Part of participation involves signing up to the Athena SWAN Charter, established in the UK in 2005, an accreditation and improvement program for higher education and research organisations focusing on gender and other forms of inequality. Athena is not a person, and SWAN stands for Scientific Academic Women’s Network. I hope there are lots of positive outcomes for the 20 plus Australian science organisations who have signed up to date.