Engendering Success in STEM

An evidence-based approach to break down the biases girls and women face on their pathways to STEM.

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North America

Location: Vancouver, Canada

Organization: Engendering Success in STEM

About the Wise Practice

Engendering Success in STEM (ESS) is a research partnership with the shared goal to foster women’s inclusion and success in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Based out of the University of British Columbia, the team includes collaborators from educational and research institutions across Canada. The partnership brings together social scientists, STEM experts, and stakeholders in STEM industry and education. Initial studies exploring womens experience in the STEM professions yield results indicating how research should be expanded to assess influences and impacts from preschool age through to professional practice. The more expanded studies will be launched in mid-2019.

Categories & Goals

  1. Education
    1. Goal 1: Eliminate gender disparities in education and ensure equal access to all levels of education and vocational training for the vulnerable, including persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and children in vulnerable situations (SDG 4.5; CEDAW article 10).
  2. Diversity & Inclusion
    1. Goal 1: Embrace diversity in cities and human settlements, empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status, to strengthen social cohesion, intercultural dialogue and understanding, tolerance, mutual respect, gender equality and inclusion (NUA 40; SDG 10.2).
    2. Goal 2: Strengthen the interface among stakeholders, offering opportunities for dialogue, including through age- and gender-responsive approaches, with particular attention to contributions from men and women, children and youth, older persons and persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and local communities, refugees and internally displaced persons and migrants, regardless of migration status, and without discrimination based on race, religion, ethnicity, or socio-economic status (NUA 42,48,148, 155).
    3. Goal 3: Promote access for youth (girls and boys, young women and young men) to education, skills development, and employment (NUA 61).
    4. Goal 5: Make information and communications technologies accessible to the public, including women and girls, children and youth, persons with disabilities, older persons and persons in vulnerable situations, to enable them to develop and exercise civic responsibility, broadening participation and fostering responsible governance (NUA 156).


Applying two decades of research, the team tests interventions that harness the power of positive social interactions to reduce the effects of implicit gender bias. These interventions target the distinct obstacles that are unique to each step along the way from early education to industry.


The organization publishes regular updates and newsletters demonstrating any progress of the program to date. See their accomplishments to date on their website: http://successinstem.ca/news/ 


Resources and More Information

  1. The Business Case for Gender Diversity
  2. Success in STEM


Published: June 5, 2019