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How to solve the STEM gender equality equation

Sharon Florentine | Nov. 4, 2015
It's common knowledge that women are underrepresented in STEM careers. What's less clear is what businesses can do to better attract and retain women in their fields.

Zero tolerance

And stick to a zero-tolerance policy for discrimination, Corbett says. Executive leadership must ensure that the entire organization understands that uncivil, discriminatory and biased behavior will not be tolerated, she says. Men within and organization can use their positions and privilege to help the efforts, she says.

"Men play an important role here, as allies. Be supportive, be friendly and gender-inclusive. If you see something, or hear something, speak up. If you're in a meeting and realize there aren't any women represented, mention it. Talk about your female colleagues' accomplishments. Actively look for ways to get involved and help," she says.

None of these approaches are necessarily new or novel, Corbett says, but taken together, along with advances in attracting more women to the STEM pipeline, can ensure more full representation of women in the workplace.

 

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