Chau Hoi Shuen Program in Gender and Science

Gender and science is a vibrant field that incorporates research and advocacy on the some of the most critical issues of our time. UC Berkeley's Chau Hoi Shuen Program in Gender and Science (G&S) recognizes that the field has expanded exponentially to intersect with work in a broad range of social justice spheres as well. These spheres include the role science plays in determining public understandings of gender; gender theory as applied to medicine, the environment, militarization, the development and use of new technologies; and the role of science in sexuality studies.
This understanding of Gender and Science includes and expands on the concerns of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields and the goal of getting more women into these fields. This expansion includes scholars investigating the role of gender in mitigating, exploring or treating gender differences across multiple fields and disciplines. This program is also interested in connecting scholars to resources on gender and science via more theoretical lenses including those in queer theory, feminist theory and postcolonial theory.
In this section, you will find links to:

  • History and program components of the Chau Hoi Shuen Program in Gender and Science
  • People currently involved in gender and science and gender and technology research or activism at UC Berkeley and UC-wide
  • Gender and science related events co-sponsored by the Chau Hoi Shuen Program in Gender & Science program and hosted by CSTMS
  • A list of gender, science and technology resources such as other research programs, departments, journals, scholarships, listservs, NGOs and other resources to help you learn more about how gender relates to science and technology.

This program is made possible through the generous support of the Chau Hoi Shuen Foundation. The G&S program is affiliated with the Center for Science, Technology, Medicine & Society (CSTMS) at UC Berkeley.

In 2007 the Chau Hoi Shuen Foundation generously funded the Li Ka Shing Foundation Fund for Gender and Women's Studies. The fund was used to establish the Li Ka Shing Program in Gender and Science in the Department of Gender and Women's Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. In 2014 the program name changed to the Chau Hoi Shuen Foundation Fund for Gender and Women's Studies.
The Chau Hoi Shuen Program in Gender and Science includes activities such as:

  1. Supporting conferences, public lectures, and workshops advancing research on gender and science in partnership with the Center for Science, Technology, Medicine & Society (see Events).
  2. Sharing resources among and information about other programs on women in science and engineering nationally and internationally (see Resources).
  3. Supporting collaborative research between scholars from UC Berkeley and from China and elsewhere on gender in science (see People).

Affiliated Faculty

UC Berkeley

Other Institutions

  • Vincanne Adams, Professor of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine, UCSF
  • Adele Clarke, Professor of Sociology, Adjust Professor of History of Health Sciences, UCSF
  • Deborah Gordon, Research Specialist in the Dept. of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine, UCSF
  • Sharon Kaufman, Professor of Medical Anthropology, UCSF
  • Janet Shim, Associate Professor of Sociology, UCSF
  • Elizabeth Watkins, Professor of Anthropology, History & Social Medicine; Dean of UCSF Graduate Division, UCSF

If you would like to be listed as affiliated faculty or nominate someone to be listed as affiliated faculty, please contact gilliane [at] berkeley [dot] edu (Gillian Edgelow).

Visiting Scholars
We welcome visiting scholars from overseas, and given the provenance of the gift, from China in particular. Unfortunately these positions are unfunded, but we provide office space and other facilities for visiting scholars who have contacted a faculty sponsor and articulated a research program in gender and science. We also actively collaborate with the UC Berkeley Science, Technology, and Society Center and the Beatrice Bain Research Group for events and for sponsoring visiting scholars. If you are interested in being a Gender and Science Visiting Scholar, please contact a possible faculty mentor or one of the Centers just listed and follow their procedures. You may also write to the program director, Professor Charis Thompson, at charis [at] berkeley [dot] edu for more information.

There are no upcoming Gender and Science Events at this time.


Gender & Science Events: Academic Year 2015-2016

With powerful new biotechnologies now emerging, the prospect of creating humans with “better” genetic characteristics is on the horizon.  Some support these technologies as a way to "seize control of human evolution" or as an efficient means of producing "enhanced" children and future generations.  Others believe that they would encourage efforts to engineer children to specification, and that creating genetically modified humans would open the door to new forms of inequality, discrimination and conflict. This film series explores what it means to be human in a biotech age.  
Films will be followed by discussions with film directors and//or faculty (all held at 4pm in 470 Stephens Hall with a discussion following):
From bionic limbs and neural implants to prenatal screening, researchers around the world are hard at work developing a myriad of technologies to fix or enhance the human body.FIXED: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement takes a close look at the drive to be “better than human” and the radical technological innovations that may take us there.
Made in India (10/13)
Made in India is a feature length documentary film about the human experiences behind the phenomena of "outsourcing" surrogate mothers to India. The film shows the journey ofan infertile American couple, an Indian surrogate and the reproductive outsourcing business that brings them together. Weaving together these personal stories within the contextof a growing international industry, MADE IN INDIA explores a complicated clash of families in crisis, reproductive technology, and choice from a global perspective.
Surviving Eugenics is a documentary about the history and ongoing significance of eugenics.  Anchored by survivor narratives from the province of Alberta in Canada, Surviving Eugenics provides a unique insiders' view of life in institutions for the "feeble-minded", and raises broader questions about disability, human variation, and contemporary social policies.
They came to have their babies. They went home sterilized. The story of immigrant mothers who sued county doctors, the state, and the U.S. government after they were prodded into sterilizations while giving birth at the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center during the 1960s and 70s. Led by an intrepid, 26-year-old Chicana lawyer and armed with hospital records secretly gathered by a whistle-blowing young doctor, the mothers faced public exposure and stood up to powerful institutions in the name of justice.
DNA Dreams (4/12)
What if you were allowed to have only one child and had the option of selecting its genes? Would you choose for a natural or a designer baby? Every day new technologies are bringing us closer a brave new world of enhanced human beings 2.0…. What kind of world will that be? The documentary DNA Dreams features a new generation of scientists at BGI, China’s leading genomics research institute. The film follows 18-year-old scientist Zhao Bowen, who wants to find the genetic basis of intelligence by analyzing the DNA of2,000 highly gifted children. At BGI’s cloning lab, 25-year-old Lin Lin produces pigs in all shapes and sizes. Deeply in love with her work, she feels “like a mother” to the piglets that are conceived under her microscope.

Sponsors: Department of Gender and Women's StudiesCenter for Science, Technology, Medicine and SocietyThe Center for Genetics and Society

Cosponsored by Disability Studies Program, Departments of Sociology

Gender & Science Events: Academic year 2014-2015

Gender & Science Events: Academic year 2012-2013
Gender & Science Events: Academic year 2011-2012

Gender & Science Events: Academic year 2010-2011

Gender & Science Events: Academic year 2009-2010

Gender & Science Events: Academic year 2008-2009

Scholarly Resources


  • The Archives of Women in Science and Engineering seeks to preserve the historical heritage of American women in science and engineering. The Archives also serve as a local, regional, national, and international resource for information on women in science and engineering, with a particular emphasis on K-12 and college level students.

  • One of the world's largest history of medicine collections. The National Library of Medicine houses collects, preserves, and makes available to researchers and the public, print and non-print materials that document the history of medicine, health, and disease in all time periods and cultures.

  • Papers include correspondence, minutes, reports, organizational publications, legal and financial records, statistics, conference material, speeches, biographies, articles and clippings and other material documenting the history of SWE and of women in engineering.

  • The RaceSci Web Site (1996-2006) was a scholarly forum and database that addressed a longstanding gap in resources for the history of race in science, medicine, and technology. Due to the wealth of online materials now available in these areas, maintenance and updating of the RaceSci Web Site ceased in 2007, yet the site is still intact online as an artifact of its intellectual and technological moment.


Awards, Fellowships, Scholarships and Funding

  • American Association for University Women list of fellowships, grants, and awards for U.S. and international women scholars. AAUW is one of the world's largest sources of funding for graduate women, and provides more than $3 million in funding for more than 200 fellowships and grants to outstanding women and nonprofit organizations.

  • Includes AWIS educational awards, AWIS fellows program, and links to other scholarships and fellowships.

  • List of undergraduate and graduate awards; undergraduate scholarships; graduate and postdoctoral fellowships/grants at the Center for Women and Information Technology at UMBC.

  • The Foundation offers two fellowships to support research related to the history of women in medicine.

  • Includes National Fellowships Program; Leadership Program and Awards; Travel Program and Awards; and Mentoring Program

  • Includes HSS prizes and links to other grants and prizes.

  • Links to many grant and funding opportunities internationally.

  • The L’Oréal USA Fellowships for Women in Science program is a national awards program that annually recognizes and rewards five U.S.-based women researchers at the beginning of their scientific careers. Recipients each receive up to $60,000 that must put towards their postdoctoral research.

  • Current programs of The RAISE Project include an interactive website with a listing of available awards categorized by discipline, career level, and gender. Disciplines include science, engineering, mathematics, medicine, social sciences, and technology.

  • Women in Math Project at the University of Oregon links to variety of grants, fellowships, and scholarships as well as links to career and job opportunities.

  • Women in Science & Engineering Leadership Institute (WISELI), University of Wisconsin-Madison Grant Program provides funds to departments, centers, or student groups wishing to enhance their own seminar schedules or to create new workshops, symposia, lecture series, or similar events in line with the goals of WISELI.

  • he Vilas Life Cycle Professorships provide funds to faculty and permanent PIs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who are at critical junctures in their professional careers and whose research productivity has been directly affected by personal life events.

Career Development


  • The Bulletin of the History of Medicine is the official publication of the American Association for the History of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins Institute of the History of Medicine. Each issue spans the social, cultural, and scientific aspects of the history of medicine worldwide and includes reviews of recent books on medical history.

  • Convergence invites papers on multimedia, gender and technology, satellite and cable, control and censorship, copyright, electronic publishing, the internet, media policy, interactivity, education and new media technologies, screen interfaces, virtual reality, technology and arts practices, sound/music and new technologies, and media theory.

  • Feminist Media Studies provides a transdisciplinary, transnational forum for researchers pursuing feminist approaches to the field of media and communication studies, with attention to the historical, philosophical, cultural, social, political, and economic dimensions and analysis of sites including print and electronic media, film and the arts, and new media technologies.

  • Gender, Technology and Development serves as a forum for exploring the linkages between changing gender relations and technological development with a particular focus on Asia as well as East-West relations.

  • Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering publishes original, peer-reviewed papers that report innovative ideas and programs for classroom teachers, scientific studies, and formulation of concepts related to the education, recruitment, and retention of under-represented groups in science and engineering.

  • History of Science is devoted to the history of science, medicine and technology from earliest times to the present day. Articles discussing methodology, and reviews of the current state of knowledge and possibilities for future research, are especially welcome.

  • New Media & Society is an international journal that publishes key research from communication, media and cultural studies, as well as sociology, geography, anthropology, economics, the political and information sciences and the humanities.

  • Science, Technology, & Human Values (STHV) is a bi-monthly, international, interdisciplinary journal containing research, analyses and commentary on the development and dynamics of science and technology, including their relationship to politics, society and culture.

  • The Scientist is the magazine for life science professionals. It's a magazine publication dedicated to covering a wide range of topics central to the study of cell and molecular biology, genetics, and other life-science fields.

  • Social Studies of Science is an international peer reviewed journal that encourages submissions of original research on science, technology and medicine. The journal is multidisciplinary, publishing work from a range of fields including: political science, sociology, economics, history, philosophy, psychology social anthropology, legal and educational disciplines.

  • Technology and Culture, the preeminent journal of the history of technology, draws on scholarship in diverse disciplines to publish insightful pieces intended for general readers as well as specialists. In addition to scholarly essays, each issue features 30-40 book reviews and reviews of new museum exhibitions. Technology and Culture is the official journal of the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT).


  • An internet mailing list for NGOs, researchers, policy makers and anyone interested in women, science, technology and knowledge. The list regularly distributes information on job announcements, events, and publications.

  • Extensive compendium of over 600 email lists related to women and women-related issues in areas such as activism, age, arts and humanities, business/finance, cyberculture/internet/, education, health, international, motherhood, religion/spirituality, science/technology, sexuality/sexual orientation, social science, sports/recreation, women of color, and women's studies.

Research Institutes and University Programs

  • The Georgia Tech Center for the Study of Women, Science, and Technology links issues in the study of science and technology with those of gender, culture, and society. The center brings together faculty and students, addressing issues of gender, science, and technology in research and programmatic initiatives at institutional, national and global levels.

  • The Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University creates knowledge and seeks to implement change that promotes gender equality at Stanford, nationally, and internationally. Their current focus is on gendered innovations in science, medicine, and technology.

  • The Diversity Institute was a professional development program of the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL), based in the Wisconsin Center for Education Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  The mission of the Diversity Institute was to create and disseminate an educational resource base for faculty and future faculty on the topic of diversity in gender, race, nationality, learning style and physical ability in science, technology, math and engineering education. Website includes list of resources, literature review, case book, and syllabi.

  • WISELI uses UW-Madison as a "living laboratory" to study gender equity for women in science and engineering, implement solutions, and provide methods and analyses to measure indicators of success. WISELI also disseminates “best practices” in gender equity programming and measurement. WISELI produces a list of University Programs for Women in Science and Engineering.

  • Gendered Innovations, house at Stanford University, provides scientists and engineers with practical methods for sex and gender analysis. This peer-reviewed project develops practical methods of sex and gender analysis for scientists and engineers & provides case studies as concrete illustrations of how sex and gender analysis leads to innovation.

Professional Organizations


  • The National Science Foundation has awarded several rounds of ADVANCE grants to different academic grantees across America. The goal of the ADVANCE program is to develop systemic approaches to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers. To foster ADVANCE's goal, the Advance Portal Website attempts to organize and promote the materials created by each ADVANCE grantee. Includes list of all Advance grantees.

Topics in Gender, Science and Technology

History of Science and Medicine

  • A scholarly association dedicated to the study of the history of health, healing and disease. Membership includes historians, health professionals, librarians, curators and archivists as well as graduate students in history and the health sciences. Includes Women Historians Committee and on the history of medicine.

  • Exploring and Collecting History Online (ECHO) is a directory of 5,000+ websites concerning the history of science, technology, and industry. You can search it or browse it according to category. Every listing contains a brief description.

  • Preserves the history of women in medicine through an oral history project, research fellowships, student scholarships and an annual recognition award.

  • A group of medical historians, scholars in related fields and others interested in the history of health, health care and the biomedical sciences who give special attention to the issues of class, race and gender and /or use Marxist, feminist and related critical methodologies in the analysis of medical history.

  • The world's largest society dedicated to understanding science, technology, medicine, and their interactions with society in historical context. The Women's Caucus focuses on the role and status of women in the profession. The Caucus also serves as a forum for those interested in the history of women, as well as the wider role of gender in science, medicine, and technology.

  • WITH has a two-fold purpose: to serve as a support group to encourage and energize women working within the profession and as an activist group that seeks to foster and promote gender analysis within the history of technology. Includes a special interest group of the Society for the History of Technology.

Ecofeminism: Environmental Health and Justice

  • A diverse partnership of individuals and organizations working collectively to advance knowledge and effective action to address growing concerns about the links between human health and environmental factors.

  • Honor the Earth’s mission is to create awareness and support for Native environmental issues and to develop needed financial and political resources for the survival of sustainable Native communities. Honor the Earth develops these resources by using music, the arts, the media, and Indigenous wisdom to ask people to recognize our joint dependency on the Earth and be a voice for those not heard.

  • Established in 1990 within the United States, IEN was formed by grassroots Indigenous peoples and individuals to address environmental and economic justice issues (EJ). IEN is transitioning to an interactive blog-based communications system for disseminating current actions, events, and news.

  • The Indigenous Women's Network (IWN) was established in as a grass roots initiative at a gathering of over 200 Indigenous women at Yelm, Washington in 1985. Their training programs and publications reach and link Indigenous women around the world in a network of support that includes award winning artists, activists, authors, community leaders, educators, attorneys and traditional healers.

  • NBEJN is a national preventive health and environmental/economic justice network. Members include some of the nation's leading African American grassroots environmental justice activists, community organizers, researchers, lawyers, public health specialists, technical experts, and authors addressing the intersection of public health, environmental hazards, and economic development within Black communities.

  • PODER’s mission is redefining environmental issues as social and economic justice issues, and collectively setting an own agenda to address these concerns as basic human rights. PODER aims to increase the participation of communities of color in corporate and government decision making related to toxic pollution, economic development and their impact on neighborhoods.

  • In 2006, the Ford Foundation awarded a $233,000 grant to Syracuse University's Department of African American Studies (AAS) to support continued development of its focus on gender and environmental justice. The Gender and Environmental Justice Project makes important connections between the Department of African American Studies' scholarly engagements, public knowledge, and community action.

  • “Climate Alliance of European Cities with Indigenous Rainforest Peoples” is the European network of local authorities committed to the protection of the world's climate. The member cities and municipalities aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at their source. Their allies in this endeavour are the Indigenous Peoples of the rainforests in the Amazon Basin.

  • A group of public international lawyers committed to helping vulnerable countries, communities and campaigners negotiate for fairer international environmental laws. FIELD works for a fair, effective and accessible system of international law that protects the global environment and promotes sustainable development.

  • The Gateway is a joint project with the Gender Advisory Board, UN Commission on Science and Technology (S&T) for Development. It is a clearinghouse of resources, partners and policy recommendations to support gender equity in S&T for sustainable development. The site is organized according to the "Seven Transformative Action Areas" identified by the Gender Working Group of the UN Commission on S&T for Development: Education, Careers, Needs of Society, S&T Decision Making, Local Knowledge Systems, Ethical Issues, and Collecting Gender Disaggregated Data.

  • GBM provides income and sustenance to millions of people in Kenya through the planting of trees. It also conducts educational campaigns to raise awareness about women’s rights, civic empowerment, and the environment throughout Kenya and Africa.

  • OWSD is the first international forum uniting women scientists from the developing and developed worlds with the objective of strengthening their role in the development process and promoting their representation in scientific and technological leadership.

  • WEDO’s mission is to empower women as decision makers to achieve economic, social and gender justice, a healthy, peaceful planet, and human rights for all. Through their programs on Economic and Social Justice, Gender and Governance and Sustainable Development, WEDO emphasizes women’s critical role in social, economic and political spheres.

  • WOCAN is a women-led global network of professional women and men engaged in agriculture and natural resource management who are committed to organizational change for gender equality and environmentally sustainable development.

New Media

  • This 2003 anthology edited by Judy Malloy features writing on the intersections between gender, art and technology.

  • Online Communication Studies Resources, University of Iowa, Department of Communication Studies.
    List of links to resources on subjects such as Gender and Media; Feminist Media; Ethnicities and Identities; and African Americans, Asian American, Native Americans and Media.

  • Bibliography on variety of media studies topics, developed by Alan Liu of the University of California at Santa Barbara English Department.

  • Reclaim the Media conducts grassroots organizing for social change through media justice.

  • The UC New Media Directory provides a guide to new media researchers and programs in the University of California system, which has invested strategically in this area.

  • This website offers resources that explore the complex connection between media and identities.

Reproductive Justice, Reproductive/Genetic Technologies

  • Forward Together (formerly Asian Communities for Reproduction Justice) leads grassroots actions and trains community leaders to transform policy and culture in ways that support individuals, families, and communities in reaching our full potential. In the world we envision, all people will have the economic, social, and political power and resources to make decisions about our gender, our bodies, and our sexuality. We are developing leaders with vision, building networks across communities, and implementing innovative campaigns to make our vision a reality.

  • The mission of Black Women for Reproductive Justice is to help Black women and girls realize reproductive justice. The organization seeks to build a grassroots constituency organized to collectively affect changes in public and private institutions, and policies that prevent Black women and girls from obtaining optimum reproductive and sexual health.

  • CLRJ is a statewide policy and advocacy organization whose mission is to advance California Latinas' reproductive health and rights within a social justice and human rights framework.  CLRJ strives to ensure that policy developments reflect Latinas’ priority needs, as well as those of their families and their communities.

  • The Center for Genetics and Society (CGS) is a nonprofit information and public affairs organization working to encourage responsible uses and effective societal governance of the new human genetic and reproductive technologies. CGS works with a growing network of scientists, health professionals, civil society leaders, and others.

  • The Council for Responsible Genetics (CRG) fosters public debate about the social, ethical and environmental implications of genetic technologies. CRG works through the media and concerned citizens to distribute accurate information and represent the public interest on emerging issues in biotechnology. CRG also publishes a bimonthly magazine, GeneWatch, the only publication of its kind in the nation.

  • Generations Ahead works with organizations around the country to humanize tomorrow's genetic technologies through stakeholder dialogue today. Generations Ahead brings diverse communities together to expand the public debate and promote policies on genetic technologies that protect human rights and affirm our shared humanity.

  • NAPAWF is the only national, multi-issue Asian Pacific Islander (API) women's organization in the country.  The organization’s mission is to build a movement to advance social justice and human rights for API women and girls.

  • The mission of NLIRH is to ensure the fundamental human right to reproductive health and justice for Latinas, their families and their communities through public education, community mobilization and policy advocacy.

  • NAWHERC, a project of the Native American Community Board, provides direct services to Native women and families in South Dakota and advocates for Native women at the community, national, and international levels to protect their reproductive health and rights. NAWHERC’s activities range from community education to preserve Native culture, campaigns to end violence against Indigenous women, coalition building to fight for reproductive justice, and environmental justice.

  • PCARR’s mission is to promote accountability, safety and social justice in bio-medical research from a women’s rights perspective. The organization is made up of activists in the reproductive rights and justice movement, bioethicists, advocates and community leaders.

  • RHTP works to advance the ability of every woman to achieve full reproductive freedom with access to the safest, most effective, and preferred methods for controlling her fertility and protecting her health. RHTP works to ensure that new technologies are developed and introduced with appropriate safeguards, a well-informed consumer constituency, and broad-based public and policy support.

  • SisterSong was formed to educate women of color and policy makers on reproductive and sexual health and rights, and to work towards the access of health services, information and resources that are culturally and linguistically appropriate. The Collective achieves these goals through public policy work, advocacy, service delivery and health education within communities of color on the local, national and international levels.

  • The mission of the Women’s Health and Empowerment Center of Expertise is to promote justice, quality, and innovation for women’s health and well-being and eliminate barriers to optimal health for women in California and around the world, and to advance the status of women within their socio-cultural contexts.

  • IPCB is organized to assist indigenous peoples in the protection of their genetic resources, indigenous knowledge, cultural and human rights from the negative effects of biotechnology.

  • The Corner House has aimed to support democratic and community movements for environmental and social justice. As part of its solidarity work, The Corner House carries out analyses, research and advocacy with the aim of linking issues, of stimulating informed discussion and strategic thought on critical environmental and social concerns, and of encouraging broad alliances to tackle them. Includes focus on reproductive and genetic technologies.

Sexuality and Science

  • This blog posts resources on science and LGBT issues, using Entrez PubMed, Science Direct and Highwire as sources.

  • provides a list of online resources integrated with visual and textual resources in Queer Culture, Queer Theory, Queer Studies, Gender Studies and related fields. Includes list of resources related to Queer Science.

  • Sins Invalid is a performance project that incubates and celebrates artists with disabilities, centralizing artists of color and queer and gender-variant artists as communities who have been historically marginalized.  Their performance work explores the themes of sexuality, embodiment and the disabled body. Conceived and led by disabled people of color, the project develop sand presents cutting-edge work where normative paradigms of "normal" and "sexy" are challenged, offering instead a vision of beauty and sexuality inclusive of all individuals and communities.

  • SSSS is a non-profit professional membership organization. Membership of the Society includes anthropologists, biologists, educators, historians, nurses, physicians, psychologists, sociologists, theologians, therapists, and many other disciplines.

Social Studies, Cultural Studies of Science

Technologies of War, Militarism and Peace

  • This video of a roundtable discussion and public debate features international activists and scholars from Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Korea, and the U.S. in discussion with Bay Area activists, philanthropic and scholarly communities.

  • WCRC's Peace and Solidarity Program raises the voices of women of color in opposition to war and militarism. The program focuses on the gender and race dimensions of war, militarism and empire building. WCRC educates and mobilizes women of color as participants and leaders in the global effort to build a world at peace.

  • This exhibit highlights some of the linkages between women's activism and protest against war and militarism from a wide range of contexts—from anti-nuclear activism in the United Kingdom, to movements for peace and human rights in El Salvador, to freedom from U.S. imperialism in Japan and many more global efforts to draw attention to and organize around anti-war and antimilitarism causes.

  • The Feminist Institute is “A Space for Feminist Thought and Politics in the Heinrich Boll Foundation.” Since 2001, the Feminist Institute has concentrated on examining the topics of peace and security policy and conflict from a feminist perspective.

  • OCHA is committed to achieving gender equality in all aspects of humanitarian assistance.  They strive to eliminate the causes of gender inequality that often undermine the ability of women and girls to be active partners in all activities related to humanitarian assistance.  The website includes information on OCHA’s Gender Action plans, as well as related presentations and conference reports.

  • The Gender and Security Program supports a wide range of projects at the nexus of gender, crisis, and peace-building. They engage researchers, policy shapers, and policy practitioners across disciplines and communities of practice by supporting international collaborations and south-south-north partnerships. The program also provides fellowships, commissions research, and carries out program evaluations and policy analyses.  The UN has commissioned the SSRC's Gender and Security Program to conceptualize, incubate, and make operational a new global initiative to provide intellectual leadership and strengthen research and capacity in the field of gender and security.

  • Women in Black is a world-wide network of women committed to peace with justice and actively opposed to injustice, war, militarism and other forms of violence. As women experiencing these things in different ways in different regions of the world, they support each other’s movements. An important focus is challenging the militarist policies of their own governments. They are not an organization, but a means of communicating and a formula for action.

  • The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) is an international non-governmental organization (NGO) with national sections, covering all continents with an international secretariat based in Geneva, and a New York office focused on the work of the United Nations.  Since its establishment in 1915, WILPF has brought together women from around the world who are united in working for peace by non-violent means, promoting political, economic and social justice for all. WILPF’s PeaceWomen Project monitors and works toward rapid and full implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security.

  • UNIFEM is the women's fund at the United Nations, dedicated to advancing women’s rights and achieving gender equality. UNIFEM’s webportal,, provides information to encourage researchers, policy makers, analysts and NGOs so they can routinely include, seek and contribute more information and analysis on women, war and peace. Through its portal, UNIFEM strives to provide access to the information and analysis that is currently available on the impact of armed conflict on women and women's role in peace-building.

Technology and Innovation for the Advancement of Women

  • The Anita Borg Institute seeks to increase the impact of women on all aspects of technology, and increase the positive impact of technology on the world’s women. Since 1997, ABI has developed tools and programs designed to help industry, academia and government recruit, retain and develop women technology leaders.

  • WIGSAT is a consulting group which promotes innovation, science and technology strategies that enable women, especially those living in developing countries, to actively participate in technology and innovation for development.

  • WITI is the nation's leading trade association for professional, tech-savvy women committed to using technology, resources and connections to advance women worldwide. With a global network of smart, talented women and a market reach exceeding 2 million, WITI has established powerful strategic alliances and programs to provide connections, resources, and opportunities within a supportive environment of women committed to helping each other.

  • The Gender, Diversities, and Technology Institute at EDC leverages the power of diversity to improve education and work systems through innovative technology design and use.

  • European Gender Summit 2012 brought together top-level researchers, science leaders, and policy makers to examine gender issues that impact on the implementation of the upcoming HORIZON 2020, European Research Area, and Innovation Union.

Women in Science and Technical Fields

  • The NSF-funded Assessing Women and Men in Engineering Project provides assessment surveys, links to literature, and tools for capacity building for those working in STEMoutreach and education.

  • The National Girls Collaborative Project™ (NGCP) brings together organizations throughout the United States that are committed to informing and encouraging girls to pursue careers in STEM.

  • AWIS is a national advocacy organization championing the interests of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics across all disciplines and employment sectors.

  • Webpage includes hundreds of annotated links. Compiled by Joan Korenman, Founding Director of the Center for Women and Information Technology, Professor Emerita of English, and Affiliate Professor Emerita of Women's Studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).

  • The website is part of an on-going project at Agnes Scott College in Atlanta, Georgia, to illustrate the numerous achievements of women in the field of mathematics. Includes biographical essays or comments on the women mathematicians profiled on this site, as well as additional resources about women in mathematics.

  • The Gender & Science Digital Library is a network of learning environments and resources for STEM education. The collection offers exceptional resources and services that help educators in promoting and implementing gender-equitable science education and assisting in increasing female involvement in the sciences. In addition, it will provide resources to researchers and others working to understand the link between gender and science, including how gender influences the development of science and the role of women within science.

  • The Committee’s mandate is to coordinate, monitor, and advocate action to increase the participation of women in science, engineering, and medicine. Includes Directory of Organizations Encouraging Women in Science, Engineering and Medicine; by Discipline; by Title.

  • The National Science Digital Library (NSDL) was created by the National Science Foundation to provide organized access to high quality resources and tools that support innovations in teaching and learning at all levels of STEM education. Not gender focused but has resources related to gender and science.

  • She’s Geeky gives women in technology an opportunity to get together and discuss the unique issues they face in their respective fields.  Hosting “unConferences” across the United States, She’s Geeky aims to inspire women technologists in the fields, provide a space for women geeks to create enduring communities, and foster collaboration and innovation among peers.

  • Includes links to publications, biographies, grants and scholarships, events and programs, associations and statistics related to women in math and science.

  • Includes stories about fascinating women working and learning in STEM fields and programs and practices throughout the U.S. designed to broaden the participation of women in STEM.

  • AAAS International Initiatives include efforts to increase and promote the role of women in science, technology, and engineering (STE). AAAS is currently seeking to improve STE networks between and among women in the Middle East and North Africa with similar networks in the United States.

  • The purpose of having the EPWS is to build a structural link between women scientists and research policy makers. The aim is to introduce a new key strategic actor into the research policy debate by making the voice of women scientists heard.

  • The Global Alliance is committed to increasing the participation of women in the SMET workforce worldwide and supporting other diverse groups including: ethnicity, age, discipline, languages, and cultures. Its primary objectives are twofold: (1) to establish worldwide collaborations with higher education institutions, corporations and government, and (2) to facilitate the development of long-term, sustainable infrastructures in science and engineering for a diversified workforce. 

  • A global network aiming to increase the number of innovative women embracing enterprise. GWIIN finds effective ways of bringing information and support to assist inventive and innovative women to achieve significant growth in their businesses.

  • The mission of INWES is to strengthen the capacity of individuals, organizations, and corporations to influence policies in STEM worldwide and encourage the education, recruitment, retention, support, and advancement of professional women and students through an international network of organizations and experts.

  • This site has papers on gender, science and technology from the Gender & Research Policy Initiative from the European Commission Science in Society (SIS) Programme.

  • The Spanish-language website for the Spanish Association of Women Researchers and Technologists: AMIT.

  • She’s Geeky convenes to inspire women for the future, creating a space to connect women from diverse STEM communities. They work with and promote existing activities and organizations in regions around the country, inviting them all to meet at an interactive event called an UnConference where the agenda is created live at the event by the people in attendance.

  • The following guide introduces the issues surrounding the lack of women in STEM fields and serves as a resource for girls and young women who are interested in pursuing careers in STEM. It includes in-depth research and interviews covering the most popular degrees for women currently entering a STEM field, how campuses are making an effort to foster a welcoming environment for women, female STEM pioneers and experts in the field today, and scholarships for women in STEM.