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Male allyship in institutional STEMM gender equity initiatives


Nash, M and Grant, R and Moore, R and Winzenberg, T, Male allyship in institutional STEMM gender equity initiatives, PLoS One, 16, (3) Article e0248373. ISSN 1932-6203 (2021) [Refereed Article]


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Copyright: © 2021 Nash et al. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

DOI: doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0248373


This article examines menís involvement in an institutional gender equity award scheme and how their self-concept as allies develops over time. It draws specifically on a subset of qualitative data from the four men participating in a study involving in-depth interviews with university staff involved in the self-assessment team of one Australian institutionís Science in Australia Gender Equality (SAGE) Athena SWAN pilot. Data related to the menís experiences is the articleís focus. Key themes from the data include: 1) menís motivations for engagement; 2) menís self-understandings as Ďchampions for changeí 3) the barriers/risks associated with male championship; and 4) menís evolving perceptions and critiques of the male champions model. Findings show that men demonstrated personal growth and increased awareness through their participation in the pilot. Yet, their frustration with how equity and diversity was managed in their organisational context highlights pitfalls in the concept of a male Ďchampioní. This article provides timely guidance for institutions seeking to engage allies in gender equity initiatives.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:women in STEMM, leadership, male allyship, Athena SWAN
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociology of gender
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Nash, M (Associate Professor Meredith Nash)
UTAS Author:Grant, R (Dr Ruby Grant)
UTAS Author:Moore, R (Dr Robyn Moore)
UTAS Author:Winzenberg, T (Professor Tania Winzenberg)
ID Code:143164
Year Published:2021
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2021-03-03
Last Modified:2022-08-29
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