Gendered Innovations project expands globally

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Gendered Innovations project expands globally

by Admin on Monday, March 26, 2012 - 9:54pm

Londa SchiebingerGendered Innovations in Science, Health & Medicine, and Engineering has attracted over 12,000 visitors from 137 countries since its launch November 2011. The project, a new framework for gender-based analysis in science and technology, was developed in partnership with the European Union. The EU’s aim was to integrate gender analysis into their scientific funding agencies. The result?

The Gendered Innovations project recently introduced a new section to their interactive website titled “Sex and Gender Analysis Policies of Major Granting Agencies.” Highlighted in this new section are major granting agencies requiring that grantees address how gender fits into their proposals. From the EU to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the site evaluates whether proposals include women's representation, removing institutional barriers, and incorporating sex and gender analysis.

About the importance of this work, the European Commission Directorate-General for Research and Innovation states, “Women’s participation in research must be encouraged […] gender mainstreaming thus includes also changing the working culture. We need to go a step further by engendering research. This means questioning systematically whether, and in what sense, sex and gender are relevant in the objectives and in the methodology of projects.”

Stem Cells Project founder and director, Londa Schiebinger, has not stopped with the implementation of the online resource. She is currently in France presenting the project to the French Ministry for Higher Education and Research and CNRS next week.  CNRS is the equivalent of NEH, NSF, and NIH—the overarching French national research organization. Then later this fall, Schiebinger will return to Europe to present to the European Parliament.

The good news is that Schiebinger will present a number of workshops next year at Stanford, thanks to an NSF grant, returning full-circle to the place where it all started.


Londa Schiebinger is the John L. Hinds Professor of History of Science at Stanford University. She was the Barbara D. Finberg Director of the Clayman Institute from 2004 to 2010 and is author of numerous publications, including the prize-winning Nature's Body: Gender in the Making of Modern Science (Beacon Press, 1993; Rutgers University Press, 2004) and Has Feminism Changed Science? (Harvard University Press, 1999) and is editor of Gendered Innovations in Science and Engineering (Stanford University Press, 2008).