We’ve brought together many of our society partners, journal editors, and book authors to participate in an online forum discussing women’s rights. To kick off this year’s International Women’s Day celebration, we sent out a short poll to some of our authors from the research community. We wanted to know why research on women is important to them, and how research can change the world. And their answers didn’t disappoint!
“I am a woman growing up in Korea. I was a "good girl" and successful woman performing well in school, achieving what I wanted, and conforming to what people and society told me to do. Until I started my research on Asian immigrant students' science class participation and talk, I hadn't realized the oppression on girls and woman, impacting women visibly and invisibly in public and private spaces. My research data, though it was not the original focus of my study, were screaming at issues and challenges that young women face in school settings. This made me reflect on my own experience as a young woman and how my life experiences have been gendered. To me, it is important to unpack those oppressions, in particular tacit and invisible ones that women experience every day in school, family, and the workplace in order to make changes in society.”
“Evidence derived from robust research is crucial for building knowledge, developing evidence-informed policy, critiquing power structures, and holding a mirror up to society on issues of equality and fairness.”
We are thrilled to be having this discussion, and we look forward to sharing it with all of you leading up to International Women’s Day.
As part of our initiative, we have worked with our societies to create a collection of research around gender equality. As many others said, education is key to moving toward a society where genders are equal, and we’re excited to do our part by sharing this essential resource for free.
We also got in the spirit with an infographic highlighting some of the most inspirational responses from our authors.