Contributing to Gender Equality in STEM


Who are you? Who do you want to be?

WISE Learner

I want to know more about the problems and solutions to Gender (in)Equality in STEM* education. 

*Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

WISE Explorer

I am aware that there are problems with Gender (in)Equality in STEM  education and I would like to know what I can do about it.

WISE Practitioner

After exploring solutions to Gender (in)Equality in STEM  education, I would like to integrate them in my professional and/or social practice.

WISE Champion

I would like to contribute to the development of instruments, tools and/or policies that others could use to support Gender Equality in STEM education.

The BRIDGES project in brief

Women make up only 28% of the workforce in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), and men vastly outnumber women majoring in most STEM fields in college. The gender gaps are particularly high in some of the fastest-growing and highest-paid jobs of the future, like computer science and engineering

While numerous reasons have been advanced to explain gender imbalance in STEM education and careers, the one BRIDGES aims at addressing is the issue of recognition, e.g. the “Matilda Effect” about how women scientists’ contributions can be overlooked or mis-attributed to their male colleagues, the different needs and modalities of recognition between men (who tend to need and receive more) and women, etc.

Based on the seminal work on recognition from authors including Nancy Fraser, Charles Taylor, Axel Honneth in combination with the latest development in digital recognition technologies, such as Open Badges and social networks, BRIDGES aims at exploring the conditions for novel approaches to recognition, more open, more inclusive and more fitting to the social practices of girls and woman (c.f. Deborah Tannen “You Just don’t Understand”, Eckert, Penelope and Sally McConnell-Ginet “Communities of practice: “Where language, gender, and power all live”).

BRIDGES has developed a number of resources and a cMOOC (collaborative MOOC) that will help you and/or your organisation to become WISE, an acronym which means: Women In Stem Empowered.

BRIDGES last publication

Multiplier event Amsterdam- June 9 2022

From awareness to action! Girls and women are – still – underrepresented in science (education) and STEM careers. Why and how is this still a problem in many countries? At this event we share insights

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BRIDGES Challenge

Context/background An analysis of computer science shows a steady decrease in female graduates since 2000 that is particularly marked in high-income countries. While numerous reasons have been advanced to explain gender imbalance in STEM education

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