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Male allyship in institutional STEMM gender equity initiatives

Nash, M ORCID: 0000-0002-7429-4924, Grant, R ORCID: 0000-0003-3007-0168, Moore, R and Winzenberg, T ORCID: 0000-0002-4112-3491 2021 , 'Male allyship in institutional STEMM gender equity initiatives' , PLoS One , doi:

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This article examines men’s involvement in an institutional gender equity award schemeand how their self-concept as allies develops over time. It draws specifically on a subset ofqualitative data from the four men participating in a study involving in-depth interviews withuniversity staff involved in the self-assessment team of one Australian institution’s Sciencein Australia Gender Equality (SAGE) Athena SWAN pilot. Data related to the men’s experiencesis the article’s focus. Key themes from the data include: 1) men’s motivations forengagement; 2) men’s self-understandings as ‘champions for change’ 3) the barriers/risksassociated with male championship; and 4) men’s evolving perceptions and critiques of themale champions model. Findings show that men demonstrated personal growth andincreased awareness through their participation in the pilot. Yet, their frustration with howequity and diversity was managed in their organisational context highlights pitfalls in the conceptof a male ‘champion’. This article provides timely guidance for institutions seeking toengage allies in gender equity initiatives.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Nash, M and Grant, R and Moore, R and Winzenberg, T
Keywords: women in STEMM, leadership, male allyship, Athena SWAN
Journal or Publication Title: PLoS One
Publisher: Public Library of Science
ISSN: 1932-6203
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Copyright: © 2021 Nash et al. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

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