In the lead up to International Women’s Day this Sunday, 8 March, international consultant and published author Jennifer Wittwer discusses female empowerment in a traditionally male-dominated defence industry.
Content warning: This episode contains content that may be distressing or disturbing to some listeners – listener discretion is advised.
Wittwer joins host Phil Tarrant on this episode of Defence Connect to share her untraditional 39-year career trajectory in the defence realm, her perception of how attitudes towards women in the military have changed, and how Australia is faring in comparison with other countries in terms of gender parity in the Defence Force.
Wittwer delves into how a life-altering experience sparked her desire to create change for women in the defence space, the programs and strategies that have addressed this issue in the Navy over the last 10 years, and what active steps the ADF can take to promote more meaningful female participation across all areas of the industry.
Enjoy the podcast,
The Defence Connect team
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Episode 207: PODCAST: Collaboration between scientists, industry and government – Tanya Monro, Defence Science and Technology
Episode 206: PODCAST: Celebrating two decades of homegrown Australian ingenuity - Jim Whalley and Steve Robinson, Nova Systems
Episode 205: PODCAST: Teaming up to support the COVID-19 frontline – Ben Barona, Defence Science and Technology, and Craig Maynard, Axiom Precision Manufacturing
Episode 204: PODCAST: Building the nation’s intellectual edge – MAJGEN Mick Ryan AM, Australian Defence College
Episode 203: PODCAST: Digitally adapting the Australian War Memorial - Matthew Anderson, Australian War Memorial
Episode 202: INSIGHT: Cyber and information warfare – MAJGEN Marcus Thompson AM, Department of Defence
Episode 201: PODCAST: National resilience through COVID-19
Episode 200: INSIGHT: Establishing a grand strategy – Dr Peter Layton, PhD
Episode 199: PODCAST: Working towards a fully sustainable AQS-24B – Gene Cumm, Northrop Grumman Corporation