when you hear “can’t” often enough, you begin to believe.

Gender stereotypes and biased attitudes limit the education choices of female students and compromises the quality of their learning experience. Globally, only 35% of students in STEMM-related degrees are female and only 28% of today’s researchers are women.


Mother Nature Needs Her Daughters: A Homeward Bound Global Review and Fact Sheet Investigating Gender Inequality in STEMM

Prepared by Fabian Dattner, Homeward Bound CEO and Co-founder;
Dr Mary-Ellen Feeney, Jacobs Group (Australia); and
Professor Tonia Gray, Centre for Educational Research, Western Sydney University.
Compiled by Homeward Bound Alumni from 2018 & 2019

Copies can be download at https://doi.org/10.26183/5d22d5fbe2349

Online version here.

Diversity at 100: Women and underrepresented minorities in the ESA.

Beck C, Boersma K, Tysor CS, and Middendorf G. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.


Monitoring Australian Year 4 student achievement internationally: TIMSS and PIRLS 2011

Gender differences in self-confidence in STEMM subjects begin in middle school and increase in high school and college, with girls reporting less confidence than boys in their maths and science ability



Reinforcing gender stereotypes: how our schools narrow children's choices

THE GUARDIAN – ‘Closing Doors’, a report launched by the Institute of Physics, demonstrates that the majority of schools don’t do enough to counter prevailing gender stereotypes.


Why do girls lose interest in STEM? New research has some answers — and what we can do about it

MICROSOFT – Peggy Johnson, an engineer who is now Microsoft’s executive vice president of business development, didn’t know what being an engineer looked like – until she got to college.



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