Use these proven strategies to recruit and retain women to STEM careers and companies.

This guide from Catalyst includes results from surveys and interviews with change agents and businessmen on ways to get support from men and research-based recommendations for how to engage men in efforts to increase diversity. It also includes strategies used by employers such as Volvo and Ernst and Young to increase involvement of women in the companies.

Download a PDF of the full guide from Catalyst.


Prime, J., & Moss-Racusin, C. A. (2009). Engaging Men in Gender Initiatives: What Change Agents Need to Know. New York: Catalyst. Retrieved from http://www.catalyst.org/file/283/mdc-web.pdf

This paper details the successful strategies used over five years to recruit and employ qualified women, Native Hawaiians, and other engineers with local ties in Maui. These efforts reached over 5,000 expatriates, attracted nearly 800 applicants and resulted in more than 70 job placements.


Handelsman, J., Salvador, J., Sodersten, S., & Wilkins, L. (2009). Kama’aina Come Home: Recruiting Engineering Talent with Hawai'i Roots. Conference Proceedings of WEPAN 2009 Center Stage: Effective Strategies for Recruitment and Talent Development. Austin, TX: Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN). Retrieved from http://dpubs.libraries.psu.edu/DPubS?service=Repository&version=1.0&verb=Disseminate&handle=psu.wepan/1301340770&view=body&content-type=pdf_1#

This report from the Anita Borg Institute takes proven practices from technical companies that have successfully hired more women and shares how other companies can use these strategies to recruit a diverse workforce. For example, the report recommends concealing the names of applicants on resumes when pre-screening to prevent unconscious bias against women and other minorities.

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Simard, C., & Gammal, D. L. (2012). Solutions to Recruit Technical Women. Palo Alto, CA: Anita Borg Institute. Retrieved from http://anitaborg.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/AnitaBorgInstitute_SolutionsToRecruitTechnicalWomen_2012.pdf