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Gendered Innovations

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The Gendered Innovations in Science, Health & Medicine, and Engineering Project launches November 1, 2011 at:  http://genderedinnovations.stanford.edu/

The Gendered Innovations project offers sophisticated methods of sex and gender analysis to stimulate the creation of gender-responsible science and technology, thereby enhancing the quality of life for both women and men worldwide. Using this project as a framework,  the United Nations Resolutions, March 2011, called for “gender-based analysis…in science and technology” and for the integration of a “gender perspective in science and technology curricula.”

The Gendered Innovations project: 1) develops practical methods of sex and gender analysis for scientists and engineers; 2) provides case studies as concrete illustrations of how sex and gender analysis leads to innovation. It is crucially important to identify gender bias and understand how it operates in science and technology. But analysis cannot stop there: Analyzing sex and gender prospectively can serve as a resource to stimulate new knowledge and technologies. From the start, sex and gender analyses act as “controls” (or filters for bias) providing critical rigor in science, medicine, and engineering research, policy, and practice.

The Gendered Innovations project was initiated at the Clayman Institute at Stanford, July 2009. The project entered into a collaboration with the European Union January 2011. In addition to drawing experts from across the US, Gendered Innovations now has access to experts from the EU 27 member states.