These resources have been put together by our committee to support individuals and organisations on their gender balance journeys. The list will be kept up-to-date with the latest and best information and research available. If you spot something that you think should be on this page, please drop us a note!


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industry specific

Exploring the specific challenges and opportunities in the UK energy industry.

Gender Pay Gap Reporting Highlights Progress towards Gender Balance in Oil and Gas, Katy Hardacre, AXIS Network, February 2021


How women can help fill the oil and gas industry’s talent gap, McKinsey Report, October 2019


Building a Baseline, OGUK Diversity and Inclusion Survey Report, April 2021


These resources define the case for change, and provide evidence-based guidance to organisations on how they can understand and tackle any gender imbalance.

Diversity Wins: How Inclusion Matters, McKinsey 2020

Create a Gender-Balanced Workplace, Ann Francke, Penguin Business Experts

Gender Balance: A Strategic Imperative for Business?, Avivah Wittenberg-Cox, TEDxHultLondon

Getting started

Not yet started on your Inclusion and Diversity journey?  These resources provide pointers for individuals on how to make a start.

Gender Equality: I get it!  How do I get started?, Karen Blanc, AXIS Network, December 2019

Actions to Close the Gender Pay Gap, Government Equalities Office

Sexism: See it. Name it. Stop it. Council of Europe

inclusive working

Resources for leaders, managers and companies highlighting key areas to make a difference at work.

What every leader needs to know - the myth of meritocracy, Erica Kinmond, AXIS Network, December 2019

Let's talk about inclusion, Karen Blanc, AXIS Network, September 2020

Building Inclusive Workplaces, CIPD, September 2019


Intersectionality is an analytical framework for understanding how aspects of a person's social and political identities combine to create different modes of discrimination and privilege.  It was coined in 1989 by Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw to describe how gender, caste, sex, race, class, sexuality, religion, disability, physical appearance, and other individual characteristics “intersect” with one another and overlap. 

Why intersectionality matters even more in 2020, Catalyst, August 2020

5 ways intersectionality affects diversity and inclusion at work, World Economic Forum, July 2020

Invisibility of Race in Gender Pay Gap Discussions, Forbes. June 2019


Educating leaders and ensuring your workplace is menopause inclusive helps retain talent, make it a great place to work and ultimately supports company profitability.

Line manager guide to menopause, CIPD, May 2021

Breaking the silence on menopause, ACAS, October 2019

Menopause and work, All Health Matters, October 2019


Gender balance is a human issue not a women's issue.  The resources below outline the importance of men's involvement and provide a toolkit on how to effect lasting change.

Gender Diversity in the Workplace - Why Men's Work Life Balance Matters to Everyone, Ian Dinwiddy, Inspiring Dads

Infographic: Actions Men Can Take To Create an Inclusive Workplace, Catalyst

Men as Change Agents, Women's Business Council, Government Equalities Office

flexible working

Having the choice to work flexibly is important for everyone, whether you have caring responsibilities, want a more balanced life or are keen to start a side-hustle, there are a myriad of reasons why flexible working could make people happier and healthier; and a happier and healthier workforce boosts company productivity and profitability.  These resources showcase flexible working and outline it’s importance in modern society.

A Guide to Flexible Working for Senior Leaders and Managers, The Chartered Management Institute

How to make work-life balance work, Nigel Marsh, TEDxSydney

Flex - Mother Pukka, a portal for news, events, reviews and honest comment, with an entire section devoted to flexible working.


Understanding inclusive recruitment is imperative for all organisations, regardless of their existing gender balance.  The following resources are good reference tools for managers and recruiters to ensure their recruitment activities are inclusive.

7 helpful tips for inclusive recruitment, Mark McBride-Wright, Equal Engineers, May 6, 2017

Inclusive Recruitment Support, Department for Work and Pensions

Seven steps to inclusive recruitment, Teresa Norman, EW Group 


Work-life balance is becoming more and more important for our diverse workforce.  These resources provide sage advice, differing viewpoints, commentary on societal expectations and tips on how to thrive at both work and life.

Drop the Ball Instead of Trying to Do It All, Tiffany Dufu (author of Drop the Ball, achieving more by doing less), Adobe 99U Conference May 9-11 

I Know How She Does It, Laura Vanderkam, Portfolio Penguin 

Chapter “Make your partner a real partner” in Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead, Sheryl Sandberg



Effective mentoring can be a hugely successful tool to encourage mutual growth and progression.  The following resources provide useful guidance to both mentors and mentees on how to get the most out of mentoring sessions.

Mentoring Pearls of Wisdom, Susan Gordon, Axis Mentoring Lead

Great Mentors Focus On The Whole Person, Not Just Their Career, Rick Woolworth, Harvard Business Review 

Coaching and Mentoring Factsheet, CIPD (note: registration is required with CIPD to access this resource)


Sometimes you can't beat a good book.  This is what we're reading at the moment.  Drop us a line with your recommendation for the list!





Whether we're at the gym, commuting or just listening at home, we love a good podcast.  Here are our top picks!

The cover of the Guilty Feminist, by Deborah Frances White
The cover of Invisible Women, by Caroline Criado Perez
The cover of The Fix, by Michelle P King
The podcast How to Own the Room
The podcast Mary Portas Work Like a Woman
The OGA Podcast