Mentors mean more women study STEMM.

Mentoring is a positive tool that may help to overcome gender inequality in STEMM. Women in STEMM often feel less satisfied with their jobs compared to their male peers. This leads to higher turnover and a loss of talent in science and engineering.


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.

Senior technical women: A profile of success; The Athena factor: Reversing the brain drain in science, engineering, and technology

Simard C, and Gilmartin SK. (2008) Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology and Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University


Hewlett SA, Luce CB, Servon, LJ, Sherbin L, Shiller P, Sosnovich E, and Sumberg K. (2008) Harvard Business Review Research Report. 10094:1–100. 


Lost Generation of Elite Talent in Science

Encouragement from mentors in graduate school plays an important role in women’s STEMM persistence – for instance, female mathematics students who had doubts about continuing stayed when their advisors encouraged them.




What Really Keeps Women Out of Tech

THE NEW YORK TIMES – Young men tend not to major in English for the same reasons women don’t pick computer science: They compare their notions of who they are to their stereotypes of English majors and decide they won’t fit in.


Cracking the Code: The Next Generation of Women in STEM

THE ATLANTIC – What drives a six year old girl’s belief that she may not be as smart as the boys, and what can be done to break that debilitating pattern? What role can games – from blocks to video and storytelling – play in instilling confidence in growing minds? Why are some computer science programs attracting and graduating far greater numbers of women than others? Why ask “why” before “how” when teaching a new skill?



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