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[Viewpoint] Athena SWAN and ADVANCE: effectiveness and lessons learned

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As educational attainment has increased globally in recent decades, women's participation in higher education (ie, university level or above) has also risen greatly. Although discoveries and practices within science, medicine, and global health have a tremendous effect on women, women's representation as researchers and leaders in these fields continues to lag. This Viewpoint discusses the current situation and interventions of two high income countries: the USA and the UK.

  • National Science Foundation

Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities in S&E: data tables.

  • Higher Education Statistics Agency

Higher Education Statistics for the UK 2014/15.

Women in science, engineering, and technology: UK initiatives from the 1970s to the 2000s.

Trentham Books, Stoke; 2008

The Athena SWAN Charter: promoting commitment to gender equality in higher education institutions in the UK.

in: White K , O'Connor P (Eds.) Gendered success in higher education: global perspectives. Palgrave Macmillan, London; 2017: 155-174

History of Athena SWAN (pre May 2015).

Final report on professional opportunities for women in research and education (POWRE) workshop.

Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research, Gainesville; 1998

Organizational interventions and the creation of gendered knowledge: US universities and NSF ADVANCE.

Gend Work Organ. 2018; (published online Sept 17.)
  • National Science Foundation

ADVANCE: increasing the participation and advancement of women in academic science, technology, engineering and mathematic careers.

Lost in the numbers: gender equity discourse and women of color in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Int J Sci Soc. 2012; 3: 157-174
  • Case Western Reserve University

Annual Plenary 2018 Presentations.

  • Barnard S
  • Arnold J
  • Bosley S
  • Munir F

Onwards and upwards? Tracking women's careers in higher education: year 2 report.

Sheffield economic research paper series 2015: the impact of Athena SWAN in UK medical schools.

  • Munir F
  • Mason C
  • McDermott H
  • Morris J
  • Bagilhole B
  • Nevill M

Advancing women's careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine: evaluating the effectiveness and impact of the Athena SWAN charter.

Equality Challenge Unit, London; 2013
  • Furst-Holloway S
  • Hardcastle V
  • Douglas H
  • Page E

Sustaining ADVANCE programs: a correlational study.

University of Cincinnati, Leadership, Empowerment, and Advancement for Women STEM Faculty (LEAF), Cincinnati; 2018

Breaking into the lab: engineering progress for women in science.

NYU Press, New York; 2012

Positive actions towards gender equality: evidence from the Athena SWAN Charter in UK medical schools.

Br J Ind Relat. 2018; 56: 463-483

The architecture of inclusion: advancing workplace equity in higher education.

Harv J Law Gend. 2006; 29: 247-334
  • Nielsen J
  • Marschke R
  • Sheff E
  • Rankin P

Vital variables and gender equity in academe: confessions from a feminist empiricist project.

Signs. 2005; 31: 1-28
  • Caffrey L
  • Wyatt D
  • Fudge N
  • Mattingley H
  • Williamson C
  • McKevitt C

Gender equity programmes in academic medicine: a realist evaluation approach to Athena SWAN processes.

BMJ Open. 2016; 6: e012090
  • Morimoto S
  • Zajicek A
  • Hunt V
  • Lisnic R

Beyond binders full of women: NSF ADVANCE and initiatives for institutional transformation.

Sociol Spectr. 2013; 33: 397-415

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