Making women visible online

Download our 2011 publication 'Making Women Visible Online' - a practical toolkit for anyone running a website or blog that includes science, engineering or technology.

Useful resources

'Making Women Visible Online' includes a listing useful online and downloadable resources. This is the list in full:

Online moderation and good practice
BBC: Netiquette – basic rules
Lasa Knowledge Base: Code of good practice – blogging
Online comments: it’s you not them - the blogger Neurosceptic writes about how to manage hostile online comments
The Guardian: Community standards
The Guardian: Journalist blogging and commenting guidelines
University of York: Promoting equal opportunities on the web

Equality and diversity
Code of Practice on Services, Public Functions and Associations
Equality and Human Rights Commission
The Government Equalities Office

Facts and figures
Key facts and figures on gender equality in SET
The UKRC Statistics Guide 2010

Useful networks
GetSET Women: A fast-growing community of more than 2,000 women from all walks of science, engineering, the built environment and technology (SET) – plus women who promote gender equality and SET in all sorts of ways. Free to join or search, with an informative fortnightly newsletter.
Daphnet: The mailing list for and about women in science, engineering and technology, including women returning to paid work after a career break.
psci-comm: A list providing a forum for discussion of any matter relating to public communication of science and public engagement with science.
Twitter: Explore @wisecampaign lists and links to find individuals and organizations championing gender equality in SET, and individual women.

The presence and representation of women in SET occupations in UK-based online media, by Heather Mendick, Goldsmiths, University of London and Marie-Pierre Moreau, University of Bedfordshire. The UKRC, 2010.
Attracting Teen Surfers to Science Web Sites, Michael F. Weigold and Debbie Triese, Public Understanding of Science, 2004.
Bimbo or boffin? Women in science: An analysis of media representations and how female scientists negotiate cultural contradictions, Mwenya Chimba and Jenny Kitzinger. Public Understanding of Science, 2009.
Does my brain look big in this?: November 2010 blog entry by science communications expert Alice Bell, reflecting on recent research on media representations of women in science.
Role Models in the Media: An Exploration of the Views and Experiences of Women in Science, Engineering and Technology. UKRC Research Report Series No.1, by Jenny Kitzinger, Joan Haran, Mwenya Chimba and Tammy Boyce. The UKRC, 2008.
Stereotype Threat: A website explaining and exploring the ways people conform to stereotypes. See in particular the section on reducing stereotype threat
The Invisible Witness Project: Investigating gendered representations of scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians on UK television. The UKRC and the Open University.

Useful case studies, communicators and role models
Female SET bloggers: A recent Guardian listing of nearly 200 women in SET bloggers, collated by the UKRC
GetSET Women: A free, searchable online listing of women in SET, and women working to support them. A website using video to showcase a wide range of women and men in different careers.
Science and Public Engagement videos: A listing of online videos, including many showing women in SET.
SET media spokeswomen: A recent Guardian listing of potential media presenters, collated by the UKRC

Useful skills
A manifesto for the simple scribe: A former Guardian science journalist provides 25 commandments that are useful for people writing online.
Ingenious Women Blog: Advice on making podcasts and videos for websites.
Ingenious Women Blog: Science biographer Georgina Ferry outlines how to write well.

Online engagement: good practice
How to do it: engagement in practice: Website of the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement. Includes guidance on online engagement, podcasting and more.
Public engagement for science and society – a conversational tool: A tool from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
Science and Society: A website run by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Includes resources relating to the
media and public engagement (‘science for all’).
Research Councils UK: best practice guides and publications: A variety of resources to build public engagement with scientific research.

Free photos of women and men in SET
Creative Commons global search facility: Graphic design and picture resources
List of useful links on the ‘Stuff that occurs to me’ blog run by Jo Brodie.
Stock Vault
Web Resource Depot

Information on copyright
Creative Commons
Photography and copyright
The UK Copyright Service

How to make your website accessible for all
RNIB website