The STEM Moms Project

The Report

This project aims to highlight the unique challenges for Canadian STEM Mothers and provide actions for allies, with the goal of improving retention of mid to late career STEM Women.

The STEM Moms Project

The Report

This project aims to highlight the unique challenges for Canadian STEM Mothers and provide actions for allies, with the goal of improving retention of mid to late career STEM Women.

About the Project

Motherhood and a career in STEM

The STEM Moms Project is an initiative examining the unique challenges encountered at the intersection of Working Parent and Woman in STEM. The project findings highlight recommendations for organizations, leaders and allies to create supportive and inclusive workplaces for both Working Parents and Women in STEM with the ultimate goal of increasing retention of mid-career STEM Women.  

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Final Report

About the Project

Motherhood and a career in STEM

The STEM Moms Project is an initiative examining the unique challenges encountered at the intersection of Working Parent and Woman in STEM. The project findings highlight recommendations for organizations, leaders and allies to create supportive and inclusive workplaces for both Working Parents and Women in STEM with the ultimate goal of increasing retention of mid-career STEM Women.  

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Focus Group Sessions

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Session Participants

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Recommendations

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Final Report

About the Report

STEM Moms Project Topics List

The project list of barriers was quickly compiled as each project participant joined and offered their own personal challenges encountered and their reason for participation.

Within the one-year period from February 2022 – February 2023, 15 discussions were completed, each with 10-40 participant contributions, sharing their own unique experiences specific to the topic.

The intention of a hyper focus on the intersection of ‘Women in STEM’ and ‘Working Parent’ was a hope that the findings will benefit both groups moving forward.

Completed Topics

what we found out

our Recommendations

This report strives to outline the high-level learnings from this year long endeavor to understand how Motherhood might contribute to the issue of retention for mid-career Women in STEM. 

Yes, Mothers face amplified challenges compared to their STEM peers. 

These findings propose viable next steps to create change towards retention of mid-career Women in STEM.

Any Questions?

Testimonials

Quotes from Group Discussions Participants

You might be wondering...

Frequently Asked questions

STEM professionals are trained problem solvers.  This project used an analytical approach to the many contributing variables to the problem of mid-career retention of STEM Women, collaborative engagement to understand the issues and innovative and design thinking to outline next steps for change.  STEM Moms Project is a root cause analysis engineering approach applied to a societal issue.

  • Women’s focused initiatives including
    1. Corporate Organizations & Employers, including Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)
    2. Not-for-profit & Women focused organizations or groups – STEM or industry specific
    3. Businesses focused on services for Working Mothers
    4. Industry Associations & Governing Bodies

 

  • Allies to Women in STEM & Working Parents
    1. Leaders – Managers, Senior leaders, Role Models, Mentors
    2. Immediate Family – Co-parent or spouse, Older Children
    3. Teammates – Co-workers, Colleagues, Fellow volunteers
    4. Peers – Women in STEM, Network connections, Working parents, Friends, Neighbours
    5. Extended Family – Parents & In-laws, Siblings, Aunts / Uncles, Nephews / Nieces
  • Society as a whole and the general public, especially those interested to gender equity
  • Women in STEM and Working Parents

 

  • That women’s focused organizations and employers will use the recommendations to evolve their programming specially to provide additional support for Women in STEM and Working Parents.
  • The leaders will learn how to implement the actions for allies in an effort towards creating supportive and inclusive workspaces.

 

The report is free – these recommendations are meant as a ‘gift’ to Women’s organizations already established in this space.  This project has always been intended to be an independent assessment of the current efforts to increase the representation of Women in STEM within Canada– including governing bodies, not for profits and for profit businesses.    

At this time, no.  This is a passion project only.  An analysis with a set of findings.

Spreading the word about the report and its findings.  Getting it into the hands of organizations doing work in this space.  Sharing it with the leaders, families and peers of STEM Women and Working Parents. 

Help us to spread the word about the report findings.  Share it with your networks.  Follow us on Instagram and LinkedIn.

 

You might be wondering...

Frequently Asked questions

STEM professionals are trained problem solvers.  This project used an analytical approach to the many contributing variables to the problem of mid-career retention of STEM Women, collaborative engagement to understand the issues and innovative and design thinking to outline next steps for change.  STEM Moms Project is a root cause analysis engineering approach applied to a societal issue.

  • Women’s focused initiatives including
    1. Corporate Organizations & Employers, including Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)
    2. Not-for-profit & Women focused organizations or groups – STEM or industry specific
    3. Businesses focused on services for Working Mothers
    4. Industry Associations & Governing Bodies

 

  • Allies to Women in STEM & Working Parents
    1. Leaders – Managers, Senior leaders, Role Models, Mentors
    2. Immediate Family – Co-parent or spouse, Older Children
    3. Teammates – Co-workers, Colleagues, Fellow volunteers
    4. Peers – Women in STEM, Network connections, Working parents, Friends, Neighbours
    5. Extended Family – Parents & In-laws, Siblings, Aunts / Uncles, Nephews / Nieces
  • Society as a whole and the general public, especially those interested to gender equity
  • Women in STEM and Working Parents

 

  • That women’s focused organizations and employers will use the recommendations to evolve their programming specially to provide additional support for Women in STEM and Working Parents.
  • The leaders will learn how to implement the actions for allies in an effort towards creating supportive and inclusive workspaces.

 

The report is free – these recommendations are meant as a ‘gift’ to Women’s organizations already established in this space.  This project has always been intended to be an independent assessment of the current efforts to increase the representation of Women in STEM within Canada– including governing bodies, not for profits and for profit businesses.    

At this time, no.  This is a passion project only.  An analysis with a set of findings.

Spreading the word about the report and its findings.  Getting it into the hands of organizations doing work in this space.  Sharing it with the leaders, families and peers of STEM Women and Working Parents. 

Help us to spread the word about the report findings.  Share it with your networks.  Follow us on Instagram and LinkedIn.

 

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