Fostering gender equity through affirmative action: Interview

In a recent interview with Nature, Elaine Wong (University of Melbourne) (University of Melbourne) discuss how advertising job openings to female-only applicants has helped increase gender equity in STEM. The interviewees explained that the strategy was implemented to speed up female participation and helped to spark a more inclusive culture within the school of mathematics and statistics. Wong discussed how the concerns of colleagues were alleviated through discussions, the use of data, and communication about the recruitment process. As a result of advertising jobs to female-only applicants, Such noted that the faculty has seen a jump in gender equity.