MPOWIR Library



  • Qualities of a Good Mentor, 2008. E. Kappel, Oceanography, 21:1. [link]

Balancing work and life

  • Balancing faculty careers and family work, 2004. Acadame, 90:6.  [link]

Gender bias

  • Bias Called Persistent Hurdle for Women in Sciences, 2010.  T. Lewin, New York Times, 22 March A14.  [link]
  • Exploring the color of glass: letters of recommendation for female and male medical faculty, 2003. F. Trix and C. Psenka, Discourse and Society, 14, 191-220.  [link]
  • Too Nice to Land a Job, 2010. S. Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed, November 11, letters.  [link]
  • Gender Bias in Academe: An Annotated Bibliography of Important Recent Studies [link]

Anti-racism resources

Advice and strategies

  • Maximizing Productivity and Recognition, Part 1: Publication, Citation, and Impact, 2007. S. Pfirman, P. Balsam, R.E. Bell, J.D. Laird, P. Culligan, Science, DOI: 10.1126/science.caredit.a070015.  [link]
  • Maximizing Productivity and Recognition, Part 2: Collaboration and Networking, 2008. S. Pfirman, P. Balsam, R.E. Bell, P. Culligan and J.D. Laird, Science, DOI: 10.1126/science.caredit.a0800016.  [link]
  • Maximizing Productivity and Recognition, Part 3: Developing a Research Plan, 2008. S. Pfirman, R.E. Bell, P.J. Culligan, P. Balsam and J.D. Laird, Science, DOI: 10.1126/science.caredit.a0800148.  [link]
  • No, You’re Not an Impostor, 2008. L. Laursen, Science, DOI: 10.1126/science.caredit.a0800025.  [link]
  • Top 10 Tips for Academic Leaders to Accelerate the Advancement of Women in Science and Engineering, 2005. J. Handelsman, J. Sheridan, E. Fine, and M. Carnes, Women in Science & Engineering Leadership Institute. [link]
  • Women in Science Career Booklet.  [link]

Gender Imbalance and Underrepresentation

  • Gender Imbalance in US Geoscience Academia, 2008. M.A. Holmes, S. O’Connell, C. Frey and L. Ongley. Nature, Vol.1. [link]
  • More Women in Science, 2008. J. Handelsman, N. Cantor, M. Carnes, D. Denton, E Fine, B. Grosz, V. Hinshaw, C. Marrett, S. Rosser, D. Shalala, J. Sheridan, Science, DOI: 10.1126/science.1113252. [link]
  • Understanding current causes of women’s underrepresentation in science, 2011. S. Ceci and W. Williams, PNAS, DOI:1014871108v1-201014871.  [link]

Male Ally advice

  • Don’t be that dude: handy tips for the male academic” from Tenure she wrote: [link]
  • How to be a Male Ally to Women in STEM – Dr. Christopher Kilmartin: [link]


  • Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2018. [link]
  • Does your college or university foster a culture of sexual harassment?, 2016. M. Kumar, Eos,  99, [link]
  • ADVANCEGeo online resource center
  • How to stop the sexual harassment of women in science: reboot the system, 2016. Z. Zevallos, [link]
  • Steps to Building a No-Tolerance Culture for Sexual Harassment, 2016. E. Marín-Spiotta, B. Schneider, and M.A. Holmes, Eos, 97, doi:10.1029/2016EO044859. [link]
  • NASA Administrator Communicates Harassment Policies to Grantees, 2016. D.Weaver, Press release 01/15/2016.  [link]
  • Sexual harassment must not be kept under wraps, 2016. The author is a researcher at a major university. Nature, 529, 257, doi:10.1038/529257a [link]
  • Harassment victims deserve better, 2016. Nature, 529, 255, doi:10.1038/529255a [link]
  • The National Science Foundation (NSF) will not tolerate harassment at grantee institutions, 2016.Press Statement 16-002.  [link]
  • Sexual Harassment and Scientific Community, 2016. M. Leinen. [link]


  • The Difference: How the Power of Diversity Creates Better Groups, Firms, Schools, and Societies by Scott E. Page, Princeton University Press, 2007. [link]
  • Motherhood, the Elephant in the Laboratory: Women Scientists Speak Out edited by Emily Monosson, Cornell University Press, 2008. [link]
  • Why So Slow? The Advancement of Women, by Virginia Valian, MIT Press, 1998.


  • The 2004 National Science Foundation report on Women, Minorities and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering, is available at: