Equality & Diversity Resources

Collection of references for Equality & Diversity Work in STEMM

This page is very much a work in progress. I’ll be adding new resources as I find them. Very happy about recommendations too, so please do send them my way ūüôā



  Online Articles

The mental health of PhD researchers demands urgent attention [Nature, November 2019]

Ten simple rules towards healthier research labs [PLOS, Fernando T. Maestre, April 2019]

BethAnn McLaughlin: “Too many women in science have to run the gauntlet of abuse and leave¬†[BBC, Chris Bell, April 2019]

One small step for man, but women still have to leap [BBC, Chris Bell, March 2019]

Female scientists get less money and staff for their first labs [nature, Holly Else, March 2019]

We Annotated That Horrible Article About How Women Don’t Like Physics [Slate, Shannon Palus, March 2019]

The deadly truth about a world built for men – from stab vests to car crashes [The Guardian, Caroline Criado-Perez, February 2019]

Women who win prizes get less money and prestige [nature, Yifang Ma, Diego Oliveira, Teresa Woodruff, Brian Uzzi, January 2019]

Warum das Frauenproblem bei Wikipedia so tief sitzt [Der Spiegel, Leonie Bossemeyer, December 2018]

Women in physics: Why there’s a problem and how we can solve it [New Scientist, Valerie Jamieson, November 2018]

Academic writes 270 Wikipedia pages in a year to get female scientists noticed [The Guardian, Hannah Devlin, July 2018]

Sex harassment victims force University College London to end gagging order [The Sunday Times, Katie Gibbons, July 2018]

Mental Health Crisis for Grad Students [Inside Higher ED, March 2018]

Bullies have no place in academia – even if they’re star scientists [The Guardian, Anonymous Academic, December 2017]

Ann Nelson: Commentary: Diversity in physics: Are you part of the problem? [Physics Today, May 2017]

Recommendation letters reflect gender bias [Science, Maggie Kuo, 2016]

A Flawed System: The Burden of Service Among Faculty of Color [The Amherst Student, Shawna Chen]

  Research Publications

Sexual harassment reported by undergraduate female physicists [Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res., Lauren M. Aycock, Zahra Hazari, Eric Brewe, Kathryn B. H. Clancy, Theodore Hodapp, Renee Michelle Goertzen, 2019]

Gender Bias in Teaching Evaluaions [Journal of the European Economic Association, Friederike Mengel, Jan Sauermann, Ulf Zölitz, 2019]

The Leaky Pipeline for Postdocs: A study of the time between receiving a PhD and securing a faculty job for male and female astronomers [Instrumentation and Methods of Astrophysics, Kevin Flaherty, 2018]

How the entire scientific community can confront gender bias in the workplace [Nature Ecology & Evolution, Kathleen E. Grogan, 2018]

The Mark of a Woman’s Record: Gender and Academic Performance in Hiring [American Sociological Review, Natasha Quadlin, 2018]

LGBT+ Inclusivity in Physics and Astronomy: A Best Practices Guide [Physics Education, Nicole Ackerman, Timothy Atherton, Adrian Ray Avalani, Christine A. Berven, Tanmoy Laskar, Ansel Neunzert, Diana S. Parno, Michael Ramsey-Musolf, 2018]

Queer in STEM Organizations: Workplace Disadvantages for LGBT Employees in STEM Related Federal Agencies [Social Sciences, Erin A. Cech, Michelle V. Pham, 2017]

When Two Bodies Are (Not) a Problem: Gender and Relationship Status Discrimination in Academic Hiring [American Sociological Review, Lauren A. Rivera, 2017]

A Closer Look at Who ‚ÄúChokes Under Pressure‚ÄĚ [Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition,Jason R. Sattizahn, Jason S. Moser, Sian L. Beilock, 2016]

APS LGBT Climate in Physics Report [American Physical Society,¬†Timothy J. Atherton, Ram√ďn S. Barthelemy, Wouter Deconinck, Michael L. Falk, Savannah Garmon, Elena Long, Monica Plisch, Elizabeth H. Simmons, Kyle Reeves, 2016]

Queer in STEM: Workplace Experiences Reported in a National Survey of LGBTQA Individuals in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Careers [Journal of Homosexuality, Jeremy B. Yoder, Allison Mattheis, 2015]

Gay Pay for Straight Work: Mechanisms Generating Disadvantage [Gender & Society, Sean Waite, Nicole Denier, 2015]

Navigating the heteronormativity of engineering: the experiences of lesbian, gay, and bisexual students [Engineering Studies, Erin A. Cech, Tom J. Waidzunas, 2011]


   Online Resources

Diversity Resource [Extensive collection of links and resources]

LGBT Climate in Physics [APS physics]

Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine [The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, Medicine]



Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong – and the New Research That’s Reqriting The Story
by Angela Saini

Goodreads Blurb:
From intelligence to emotion, for centuries science has told us that men and women are fundamentally different. But this is not the whole story.
Shedding light on controversial research and investigating the ferocious gender wars in biology, psychology and anthropology, Angela Saini takes readers on an eye-opening journey to uncover how women are being rediscovered. She explores what these revelations mean for us as individuals and as a society, revealing an alternative view of science in which women are included, rather than excluded.

Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men
by Caroline Criado Perez

Goodreads Blurb:
Imagine a world where your phone is too big for your hand, where your doctor prescribes a drug that is wrong for your body, where in a car accident you are 47% more likely to be seriously injured, where every week the countless hours of work you do are not recognised or valued. If any of this sounds familiar, chances are that you’re a woman.
Invisible Women shows us how, in a world largely built for and by men, we are systematically ignoring half the population. It exposes the gender data gap ‚Äď a gap in our knowledge that is at the root of perpetual, systemic discrimination against women, and that has created a pervasive but invisible bias with a profound effect on women‚Äôs lives.

Superior: The Return of Race Science
by Angela Saini

Goodreads Blurb:
After the horrors of the Nazi regime in WWII, the mainstream scientific world turned its back on eugenics and the study of racial difference. But a worldwide network of unrepentant eugenicists quietly founded journals and funded research, providing the kind of shoddy studies that were ultimately cited in Richard Hernstein’s and Charles Murray’s 1994 title, The Bell Curve, which purported to show differences in intelligence among races.¬†If the vast majority of scientists and scholars disavowed these ideas, and considered race a social construct, it was still an idea that managed to somehow make its way into the research into the human genome that began in earnest in the mid-1990s and continues today. Dissecting the statements and work of contemporary scientists studying human biodiversity, most of whom claim to be just following the data, Saini shows us how, again and again, science is retrofitted to accommodate race.¬†