You can’t be what you can’t see.

STEMM Training is often developed and delivered through a western lens, with little recognition for diverse knowledge systems or inclusion of varied cultural contexts. This, coupled with a lack of indigenous mentorship from women, and the cultural isolation that comes with leaving homelands for opportunities, all decrease indigenous women’s participation in STEMM, in favour of conforming to community norms of family caring responsibilities.


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.

Strengthening Australian Aboriginal Participation in University STEM Programs: A Northern Territory Perspective; Recognising and Reducing barriers to Science and Math education and STEM Careers for native Hawaiians and Pacific islanders

Osborne S, Paige K, Hattam R, Rigney L and Morrison A. (2019), Journal of Intercultural Studies, 40(1):49-67


Kerr J, Hess DJ, Smith CM, and Hadfield MG. (2018). . CBE—Life Sciences Education 17:4 


Women in the workplace

Women remain significantly underrepresented across the length of the corporate pipeline. Fewer women than men are hired at the entry level, despite women being 57% of recent college graduates. At every subsequent step, the representation of women further declines.




Ten evidence based practises for de-biasing the workplace

HKS – An extensive body of research shows that role models help change behavior, and symbolic role models can influence people’s feelings of inclusion, exclusion and belonging. Examine the various symbols in your workplace – the pictures on your walls, the articles and photos on your website and marketing materials, the names of conference rooms and buildings, the people featured in the annual holiday video – and make sure that they represent the kind of workplace you want to be.


The Role Model Effect: Women Leaders Key To Inspiring The Next Generation

FORBES – The role-model effect: Seeing women in charge persuaded parents and teens that women can run things, and increased their ambitions. Changing perceptions and giving hope can have an impact on reality.



How have you experienced this gender fact in your life or in your workplace?

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It’s time to give women in STEMM a bigger voice. Share these facts with everyone you know*. Shout it out loud. Be heard. Rally together. Pass it to your peers, your networks and social circles.


* Steal the Gender Facts resources from our public TRELLO board. We don’t mind at all.