Many workplace practices bias in favour of men.

Across the world, many workplace and social structures have deeply entrenched biases against women. Many of these organisational structures and work practices like meeting times, family needs and even number of toilets were designed to fit men’s lives and situations at a time when women made up only a very small portion of the workforce.



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.

Women Rising: The Unseen Barriers

Ibarra H, Ely RJ, and Kolb DM. (2013) 91(9):62-66.


Evidence that gendered wording in job advertisements exists and sustains gender inequality

Job adverts for male-dominated areas employ wording that is associated with male stereotypes – leader, competitive, dominant – compared to adverts in female-dominated areas. Adverts with masculine wording as perceived occupations that are predominantly male, and are less appealing to women.



Amazon ditched AI recruiting tool that favored men for technical jobs

THE GUARDIAN – Amazon’s machine-learning specialists uncovered a big problem: their new recruiting engine did not like women. By 2015, the company realized its new system was not rating candidates for software developer jobs and other technical posts in a gender-neutral way.


Gender bias calculator

This calculator was inspired by this AWIS blog post on gender biases in recommendation letters. The blog post and the scientific paper it is based on also explain why this gender bias is important.



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