SAGE and Athena SWAN resources

SAGE has developed a number of resources for Athena SWAN Charter members such as UQ. These resources can be found on the SAGE website here

An independent report into the impact of the Athena SWAN Charter completed in 2013 can be found here.

The Equality Challenge Unit who developed the Athena SWAN Charter provides a number of useful resources for developing and manitaning a diverse and inlcusive workplace. More information can be found here.

Academic career path

The 2016 research paper by Glenda Strachan, David Peetz, Gillian Whitehouse, Janis Bailey, Kaye Broadbent, Robyn May, Carolyn Troup and Michelle Nesic, "Women, Careers and Universities: Where to From Here", provides a deep insight into the gendered nature of employment, working conditions and career patterns of University staff, with emphasis on key points in the career life cycle.

The Office of the Chief Scientist have released a paper and datasheet on gender equality in Australian STEM. The Occasional paper, "Busting myths about Women in STEM", dispels four damaging and persistent myths facing women in STEM. It shows that women are just as talented and capable as men in STEM fields, but the gender pay gap, workplace discrimination and a belief that STEM professions are “male” roles discourage girls and women from pursuing these careers.

Performance relative to opportunity

The Australian Research Council statement on Research Opportunity and Performance Evidence (ROPE) can be found here. 

Dr Natascha Klocker (University of Wollongong) and Dr Danielle Drozdzewski (University of NSW) paper "Career Progress relative to opportunity: how many papers is a baby 'worth'?" provides some insight into the application of the principle of performance relative to opportunity.

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Business case for gender equity and leadership

The Centre for Ethical Leadership research paper Building the Business Case for Gender Equity presents the business case for gender equity.

The Women in Science Research Workforce Report and Toolkit provides a number of useful resources based on extensive research.

Assisting Managers with Gender Equity resource is a result of the partnership between Male Champions of Change and Chief Executive Women, provides a simple management model “The Leadership Shadow” which suggests actions and behaviours that are most likely to support progress in gender diversity. It will help managers listen, learn and lead by example by understanding the impact of their personal actions.

One of UNESCO's priority areas is addressing gender inequalities in science. More information about the program, initiatives and resources they have available can be found here.

Gender pay equity

The Workplace Gender Equality Agency have developed a number of useful resources to understand and address the gender pay gap in Australia. These resources can be found here.

The WGEA factsheet on gender equity and superannuation provides insights into the gender pay gap in regards to superannuation. This resource can be found here.

UQ Professor Gillain Whitehouse research in gender pay equity provides a number of useful insights. Her 2012 publication with Julie Connolly and Tricia Rooney "Tracking pay equity: The impact of regulatory change on the dissemination and sustainability of equal remuneration decisions" provides valuable insights into the impact of regulatory change in addressing gender pay equity.

Quotas and targets

The Centre for Ethical Leadership research paper Targets and Quotas for Women in Leadership provides empirical evidence and analysis on the impact of targets and quotas for women in leadership.

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Parental leave

UQ Professor Gillian Whitehouse research on the experience and impact of parental leave in the workplace provides a number of interesting insights into gender equity. Some publications of note include: Mothers’ perceptions of support in the workplace: a sense of entitlement or resignation? and Equality enabling parental leave: prevalence and distribution in Australian universities.

UQ Dr Tyler Okimoto research into the impact of gender stereotypes on the perception of parents in the workplace provide valuable insights into gender equity. Some publications of note include: Motherhood: A potential source of bias in employment decisions and The “Bad Parent” assumption: how gender stereotypes affect reactions to working mothers.


The Intersectionality chapter in the Oxford Handbook provides an overview of the theory of intersectionality. 

Unconscious bias

Facebook provides excellent workshops on unconscious bias in the workplace. Learn more here.

The Centre For Ethical Leadership provides a number of resources raising awareness about unconscious bias and providing tools and techniques to address this in the workplace.

The Harvard Implicit Bias test provides interesting insights into your implicit bias. The test only takes around 15 minutes and results are instantaneous. 

Other resources

A number of other useful resources can be found on the Workplace Diversity and Inclusion website.

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