Gendered Innovations in Science, Medicine and Engineering

Professor Londa Schiebinger discussed the importance of integrating gender analysis to achieve excellence in science and technology research.

How can we harness the creative power of gender analysis for discovery and innovation? Prof. Schiebinger’s research has identified three strategic approaches to gender in research, policy, and practice; "Fix the Numbers of Women" focuses on increasing women's participation; "Fix the Institutions" promotes gender equality in careers through structural change in research organizations; and "Fix the Knowledge" or "Gendered Innovations" stimulates excellence in science and technology by integrating sex and gender analysis into research.

This talk focused on the third approach, "Fix the Knowledge" or "Gendered Innovations". Schiebinger discussed several examples of how integrating gender analysis into research enhances excellence in research, including case studies from research, animal research, machine learning, robotics, and conceptualizing big data. All case studies can be found at: http://genderedinnovations.stanford.edu/. Prof. Schiebinger ended her remarks with practical outcomes and suggestions for integrating sex and gender analysis into research.


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About the Speaker

Londa Schiebinger is the John L. Hinds Professor of History of Science at Stanford University. She currently directs the Gendered Innovations in Science, Health & Medicine, Engineering, and Environment project. Schiebinger is a leading international expert on gender in science and technology and has addressed the United Nations on the topic of “Gender, Science, and Technology.” She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Research Prize and Guggenheim Fellowship. Her work on Gendered Innovations (genderedinnovations.stanford.edu) harnesses the creative power of sex and gender analysis to enhance excellence and reproducibility in science and technology.

To match the global reach of science and technology, Gendered Innovations was developed through a collaboration of over a hundred experts from across the United States, Europe, Canada, and Asia. Gendered Innovations was funded by the European Commission, the U.S. National Science Foundation, and Stanford University.