Gendered Innovations in Science, Health & Medicine, Engineering, and Environment

3 Dec 2015
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

470 Stephens Hall

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Londa Schiebinger
The John L. Hinds Professor of History of Science; Director of the EU/US Gendered Innovations Project; Stanford University

How can we harness the power of gender analysis to discover new things? Schiebinger identifies three major approaches to gender in science research, policy, and practice:

1) “Fix the Numbers of Women” focuses on increasing women’s participation;

2) “Fix the Institutions” promotes gender equality in careers through structural change in research organizations; and

3) “Fix the Knowledge” or “gendered innovations” stimulates excellence in science and technology by integrating sex and gender analysis into research.

This talk focuses on the third approach. Gendered Innovations: 1) develops state-of-the-art methods of sex and gender analysis for scientists and engineers; and 2) provides 25 case studies as concrete illustrations of how sex and gender analysis leads to new ideas and excellence in research. Several case studies will be discussed, including stem cells, assistive technologies for the elderly, and osteoporosis in men. All case studies can be found at: To match the global reach of science and technology, this project was developed through a collaboration of over seventy experts from across the United States, Europe, and Canada (and has now extended to Asia). Gendered Innovations was funded by the National Science Foundation, the European Commission, and Stanford University.


This event is sponsored by CSTMS.
Additional sponsorship comes from:  Berkeley Program in Science and Technology Studies • Office for the History of Science and Technology
Office for the History of Science and Technology

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