e) Men building gender equality at work / in institutions (NEW)

Note: This section concentrates on publications focused on how men can build gender equality in workplaces and how workplaces and organisations can engage men in building gender equality. For full-text copies of many of these materials, see here. For references on men, work, and class more generally, see the bibliography here. For references on men's roles in building gender equality, male allies, and men and feminism, see here. For references on violence prevention in workplaces, see here.

Also, book-length guides for men on acting as allies and advocates for gender equality in workplaces including Ali’s Her Allies (2021), Ford, Koch and Armstrong’s The Accidental Sexist (2021), Gallagher’s How Men Can Help (2022), and Phelan’s Men Stepping Forward (2023).


Ali, H. (2021). Her Allies: A Practical Toolkit to Help Men Lead Through Advocacy. Neem Tree Press.

Anicha, C. L., Burnett, A., & Bilen-Green, C. (2015). Men Faculty Gender-Equity Advocates: A Qualitative Analysis of Theory and Praxis. The Journal of Men’s Studies, 23(1), 21-43.

Armstrong, J. (2016). Collaborating with Men: Changing workplace culture to be more inclusive for women. Cambridge, UK: Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge.

Armstrong, J. (2019). Women Collaborating with Men: Inclusive Networking and Sponsorship. Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge.

Armstrong, J. and Ghaboos, J. (2019). Women Collaborating with Men: Everyday Workplace Inclusion. Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge.

Ashcraft, C., DuBow, W., Eger, E., Blithe, S., & Sevier, B. (2013). Male advocates and allies: Promoting gender diversity in technology workplaces. National Center for Women & Information Technology’s Workforce Alliance.

Bannon, Ian, and Maria C. Correia. (eds.). (2006). The Other Half of Gender: Men’s issues in development. Washington DC: The World Bank.
Men’s gender relations, identity, and work-family balance in Latin America / José Olavarría.
Growing up poor and male in the Americas: reflections from research and practice with young men in low-income communities in Rio de Janeiro / Gary Barker.
Collapsing livelihoods and the crisis of masculinity in rural Kenya / Mary Amuyunzu-Nyamongo and Paul Francis.Bilen-Green, Canan, Jenna P. Carpenter, Roger A. Green, Karen J. Horton, Kristen L. Jellison, Melissa Latimer, Marci J. Levine, and Patrick O’Neal. (2015). Implementation of Advocates and Allies Programs to Support and Promote Gender Equity in Academia. 122nd ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, June 14-17, Seattle, WA, USA.

Bilen-Green, Canan, Roger A. Green, and Christi McGeorge. (2013). Engaging Male Faculty in Institutional Transformation. 120th ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, June 23-26.

Bleijenbergh, I. (2022). How change agents mobilise masculinities to support gender equality in academia. Organization, 0(0), 13505084221096810. doi:10.1177/13505084221096810

Burke, R., and D. Major. (eds.) (2013). Men in Organizations: Allies or adversaries to women’s career advancement. Edward Elger Publishers.
Introduction-an overview of the book / Ronald J. Burke and Debra A. Major.
1 Advancing women’s careers: why men matter / Ronald J. Burke and Debra A. Major.
2 The gender role socialization of boys to men / Ronald F. Levant and Thomas J. Rankin.
3 Taking the obvious apart: critical approaches to men, masculinities, and the gendered dynamics of leadership / David L. Collinson and Jeff Hearn.
4 The imperative for servant-leadership: reflections on the (enduring) dysfunctions of corporate masculinity / Mark Maier.
5 Relations, emotions and differences: re-gendering emotional labour in the context of men doing care / Ruth Simpson.
6 Men, masculinity, well-being, and health / Ronald J. Burke.
7 The causes and consequences of workaholism / Shahnaz Aziz and Benjamin Uhrich.
8 Gendered organizational cultures, structures and processes: the cultural exclusion of women in organizations / Sarah Rutherford.
9 Is this a man’s world? Obstacles to women’s success in maletyped domains / Suzette Caleo and Madeline E. Heilman.
10 Unspeakable masculinities in business schools / Elisabeth Kelan.
11 Male backlash: penalties for men who violate gender stereotypes / Corinne A. Moss-Racusin.
12 Stereotype threat impacts on women in the workforce / Valerie N. Streets and Hannah-Hanh D. Nguyen.
13 Barriers to women in science: examining the interplay between individual and gendered institutional research cultures on women scientists’ desired futures / Susan Schick Case and Bonnie A. Richley.
14 Individual, organizational, and societal backlash against women / Ronald J. Burke.
15 How can men and women be allies in achieving work–family balance? The role of coping in facilitating positive crossover / Michael L. Litano, Dante P. Myers and Debra A. Major.
16 Engaging men through inclusive leadership / Jeanine Prime, Mike Otterman and Elizabeth R. Salib.
17 Preventing violence against women and girls / Michael Flood.

Burris, C. T., & Knox, C. (2023). Gratitude reduces the adverse impact of salient male privilege on men’s well-being. Psychology of Men & Masculinities.

Center for Women and Business. (2017). Men as Allies: Engaging Men to Advance Women in the Workplace. Bentley University.

Cheng, S., Ng, L., Trump-Steele, R. C., Corrington, A., & Hebl, M. (2018). Calling on Male Allies to Promote Gender Equity in IO Psychology. Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 11(3), 389-398.

Chung, D., C. Zufferey, and A. Powell. (2012). Preventing Violence Against Women in the Workplace (An evidence review: full report). Melbourne: Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth).

Coalition on Men and Boys. (2009). Man-Made: Men, masculinities and equality in public policy.

de Vries, Jennifer Anne. (2015) Champions of gender equality: female and male executives as leaders of gender change. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal, Vol. 34 Iss 1, pp. 21 – 36.

Durey, R. (2011). Working Together Against Violence: Final Project Report. Melbourne: VicHealth & Women’s Health Victoria.

Ebert, A., and K. Strehlow. (2017). Does on-site chaplaincy enhance the health and well being of fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) personnel? Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 28(2), 118-122.

Epler, Melinda Briana. (2021). How to be an ally: Actions you can take for a stronger, happier workplace.

Flood, Michael, and Bob Pease. (2006). Undoing Men’s Privilege and Advancing Gender Equality in Public Sector Institutions. Policy and Society, 24. (Available at: http://www.xyonline.net/content/undoing-mens-privilege-and-advancing-gender-equality-public-sector-institutions-2006)

Flood, Michael, and Graeme Russell. (2017). Men Make a Difference: How to Engage Men on Gender Equality. Sydney: Diversity Council Australia. URL: https://xyonline.net/sites/xyonline.net/files/2020-05/DCA%2C%20Men%20Make%20a%20Difference%20-%20Full%20report.pdf

Flood, Michael, Dean Peacock, Orly Stern, Gary Barker, and Alan Greig. (2010). World Health Organization Men and Gender Policy Brief: Policy approaches to involving men and boys in achieving gender equality and health equity. Johannesburg: Sonke Gender Justice Network. (Available at: http://www.xyonline.net/content/who-policy-brief-policy-approaches-involving-men-and-boys-achieving-gender-equality-and-heal)

Flottat, M. (2022). Authentic Allies: Fostering Male Allyship within STEM. Royal Roads University (Canada)].

Flynn, Gillian. (1999). White Males See Diversity’s Other Side. Workforce, vol. 78, no. 2 (February): pp. 52-55.

Ford, Gary, Stephen Koch, and Jill Armstrong. (2021). The Accidental Sexist: A handbook for men on workplace diversity and inclusion. Rethink Press.

Halter, Jeffrey Tobais. (2015). Why Women: The Leadership Imperative to Advancing Women and Engaging Men. Fushian LLC.

Hardacre, S. L., & Subašić, E. (2018). Whose Issue Is It Anyway? The Effects of Leader Gender and Equality Message Framing on Men’s and Women’s Mobilization toward Workplace Gender Equality. Frontiers in psychology, 9.

Hassink, A., & Baringer, L. (2015). Fatherhood, Unpaid Care and the Care Economy. In J. Edström, A. Hassink, T. Shahrokh, & E. Stern (Eds.), Engendering Men: A Collaborative Review of Evidence on Men and Boys in Social Change and Gender Equality. Brighton, UK: Promundo-US, Sonke Gender Justice and the Institute of Development Studies.

Hearn, Jeff. (2010). Reflecting on men and social policy: Contemporary critical debates and implications for social policy. Critical Social Policy 30(2): 165-188.

Heffernan, C. (2018). Gender allyship: Considering the role of men in addressing the gender-leadership gap in sport organizations. PhD, University of Minnesota.

Holmes, S., and M. Flood. (2013). Genders at Work: Exploring the role of workplace equality in preventing men’s violence against women. Sydney: White Ribbon Foundation.

Holmes, S., and S. Dyson. (2014). Promoting Equality, Preventing Violence: Report of the Y Respect Gender Project at YMCA Victoria, 2012-2015. Melbourne: YMCA Victoria.

Human Rights Commission. (2011). Our experiences in elevating the representation of women in leadership: A letter from business leaders. October (Male Champions of Change project).

Humbert, A. L., Kelan, E., & van den Brink, M. (2019). The perils of gender beliefs for men leaders as change agents for gender equality. European Management Review, 16(4), 1143-1157.

Hussain, I., Tangirala, S., & Sherf, E. N. (2022). Signaling Legitimacy: Why Mixed-Gender Coalitions Outperform Single-Gender Coalitions in Advocating for Gender Equity. Academy of Management Journal(ja).

ILO. (2013). Men and Masculinities: Promoting Gender Equality in the World of Work. Geneva: International Labour Office, Gender, Equality and Diversity Branch, Conditions of Work and Equality Department. Working paper  3/2013.

Johansson, K., Andersson, E., Johansson, M., & Lidestav, G. (2019). The discursive resistance of men to gender-equality interventions: negotiating “unjustness” and “unnecessity” in Swedish forestry. Men and Masculinities, 22(2), 177-196.

Kelan, E. K. (2020). The inclusive leader, the smart strategist and the forced altruist: subject positions for men as gender equality partners. European Management Review, 17(3), 603-613.

Kidder, Deborah L., Melenie J. Lankau, Donna Chrobot-Mason, Kelly A. Mollica, and Raymond A. Friedman. (2004). Backlash Toward Diversity Initiatives: Examining the Impact of Diversity Program Justification, Personal, and Group Outcomes. The International Journal of Conflict Management, 15(1): 77-102.

Kikooma, J., Kyomuhendo, G. B., Muhanguzi, F. K., & Babalanda, S. (2023). Engaging men in gender transformative work in institutions of higher learning: A case of the men’s hub at Makerere University. Frontiers in Sociology, 7. doi:10.3389/fsoc.2022.901049

Kirkmeyer, B., Johnson, M. D., Abrams, L., Green, R. A., McMillon-Brown, L., Jones, S. A., & Ritchey, P. (2021). Advocacy and allyship by men for women in engineering-related fields at the college level. 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

Langvasbraten, T., and M. Teigen. (2006). Fostering Caring Masculinities. Institute of Social Reseach, Oslo.

Laplonge, D., & Albury, K. (2013). Doing Safer Masculinities: Addressing at-Risk Gendered Behaviours on Mine Sites. M/C Journal, 16(2). https://doi.org/10.5204/mcj.627

Lee, P. (2016). Tech needs more men… to support gender equality. An exploration of the barriers men face in trying to support gender equality and how we might reduce those barriers to encourage more men to get involved. Master of Design in Strategic Foresight & Innovation Toronto, Ontario, Canada, December, 2016. URL: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/1311/1/Lee_Pansy_2016_MDes_SFI_MRP.pdf

Madsen, S. R., Townsend, A., & Scribner, R. T. (2020). Strategies that male allies use to advance women in the workplace. The Journal of Men’s Studies, 28(3), 239-259.

Mahéas, Marie-Christine. (2018). Gender Balance, When Men Step Up: What? Why? How? A toolkit for leaders. Eryrolles.

Marshall, C. (1996). Implementing Equity in Universities: possibilities for pro-feminist men. Special Interest Group of AERA, Women in Education Conference. San Jose, California. October, 25.

Mattingly, V. P. (2018). Glass Kickers: Training Men as Allies to Promote Women in Leadership. Colorado State University.

Meeussen, L., Van Laar, C., & Van Grootel, S. (2020). How to Foster Male Engagement in Traditionally Female Communal Roles and Occupations: Insights from Research on Gender Norms and Precarious Manhood. Social Issues and Policy Review, 14(1), 297-328. doi:10.1111/sipr.12060

Men and Gender Equality - towards progressive policies, An expert conference on gender equality under Finland’s EU Presidency on 5 - 6 October 2006.
Working group 4 - Men and Reconciliation of Work and Family Life: Visions for Future / Hugo Swinnen, Marusa Gortn, Yves Roland.

Moser, C. E., & Branscombe, N. R. (2022). Male allies at work: Gender-equality supportive men reduce negative underrepresentation effects among women. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 13(2), 372-381.

Nash, M., Grant, R., Moore, R., & Winzenberg, T. (2021). Male allyship in institutional STEMM gender equity initiatives. PLoS ONE, 16(3), e0248373. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0248373

Noble, Carolyn, and Bob Pease. (2011). Interrogating male privilege in the human services and social work education. Women in Welfare Education, vol. 10, pp. 29-38.

Nordic Council of Ministers. (ed.). (2006). Possibilities and Challenges? – Men’s Reconciliation of Work and Family Life, Conference Report, Copenhagen: Nordic Council of Ministers.

Palmieri, S. (2013) Sympathetic advocates: male parliamentarians sharing responsibility for gender equality. Gender & Development, 21:1, 67-80.

Pease, Bob. (2011). Men in social work: challenging or reproducing an unequal gender regime? Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work, pp. 1-14.

Peck, C. J., Roberts, S. E., Ly, C. L., Hsia, H. C., Aarons, C. B., Guerra, C. E., & Butler, P. D. (2022). Embracing Allyship in Academic Surgery: How All Surgeons Can Become Effective Champions for Change. Journal of the American College of Surgeons, 235(2), 371-374.

Phelan, Elisabeth. (2023). Men Stepping Forward: Leading Your Organisation on the Path to Inclusion. Bristol University Press.

Posko Jr, H. E. (2020). The Business of White Male Privilege. PhD thesis, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

Prasad, A., Centeno, A., Rhodes, C., Nisar, M. A., Taylor, S., Tienari, J., & Alakavuklar, O. N. (2021). What are men's roles and responsibilities in the feminist project for gender egalitarianism? Gender, Work & Organization, 28(4), 1579-1599. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1111/gwao.12573

Prime, Jeanine, and Corinne A. Moss-Racusin. (2009). Engaging Men in Gender Initiatives: What Change Agents Need to Know. New York: Catalyst.

Prime, Jeanine, Corinne A. Moss-Racusin, and Heather Foust-Cummings. (2009). Engaging Men in Gender Initiatives: Stacking the Deck for Success. New York: Catalyst.

Prime, Jeanine, Heather Foust-Cummings, Elizabeth R. Salib, and Corinne A. Moss-Racusin. (2012). Calling all White Men: Can training help create inclusive workplaces?. New York: Catalyst.

Promundo and CARE International in Rwanda. (2012). Journeys of Transformation: A Training Manual for Engaging Men as Allies in Women’s Economic Empowerment. Washington, DC, USA, and Kigali, Rwanda: Promundo and CARE.

Ratele, K., Verma, R., Cruz, S., & Khan, A. R. (2019). Engaging men to support women in science, medicine, and global health. The Lancet, 393(10171), 609-610.

Rincon, Roberta. (2019). The Importance of Male Allies: A Review of the Literature. SWE Magazine (State of Women in Engineering), April 11.

Sattari, N., & Sandefur, R. L. (2019). Gender in academic STEM: A focus on men faculty. Gender, Work & Organization, 26(2), 158-179.

Sattari, Negin, Emily Shaffer, Sarah DiMuccio, and Dnika J. Travis. (2020). Interrupting Sexism at Work: What Drives Men to Respond Directly or Do Nothing? Catalyst, June 25.

Sawyer, K., & Valerio, A. M. (2018). Making the case for male champions for gender inclusiveness at work. Organizational Dynamics, 47(1), 1-7.

Shapiro, M., Rivera-Beckstrom, M., Ingols, C., Blake-Beard, S., Gao, L., O'Neill, R., & VanDam, E. (2022). What's Power Got to Do with It? Seeking Gender-Equity in Organizations through Male Ally Initiatives. Advancing Women in Leadership Journal, 41(1), 1-12.

Sinclair, A. (2000). Teaching Managers about Masculinities: Are You Kidding? Management Learning, 31(1): 83-101.

Sullivan, Edward J. (2019). The Development and Validation of the M.A.W.W.: A Measure to Assess Men's Allyhood toward Women in the Workplace. FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 3965. https://digitalcommons.fiu.edu/etd/3965

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Utah Women & Leadership Project. (2018, October 3). What male allies can do to strengthen the impact of Utah women in workplace settings. UWLP. Retrieved from https://www.usu.edu/uwlp/files/wcid/whatcanidomaleallies.pdf

van der Gaag, Nikki. (2014). Giving up power? Women, men and work. Chapter 5 in Feminism and Men. Zed Books.

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Warren, M. A. & Bordoloi, S. D. (accepted). Institutional betrayal and the role of male allies in supporting women in higher education. In R. Martinez & M. J. Casper (Eds.), Who belongs? Institutional betrayal in higher education. University of Arizona Press.

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