Sophomore Seminars

Gendered Innovations in Science, Medicine, Engineering, and Environment

HISTORY 44Q
FEMGEN 44Q
Prerequisites: 
Completion of PWR 1 or other WR 1 course.

Gendered Innovations harness the creative power of sex and gender analysis for innovation and discovery. We start with the history of women in science in the scientific revolution to understand how science and technology came to exclude certain segments of the population. The majority of the course is devoted to considering gender and ethnic biases in AI, social robotics, medicine and global health, design of cars and cockpits, menstrual hygiene products, and more. Each student will develop a case study related to their interests illustrating how sex, gender, and intersectional analysis can lead to innovation and enhance social equalities. How can we cultivate inclusive design so that medicines, public health measures, products, services, and infrastructures work well for people across broad spectra? How can we create science and technology that nurture an equal and just society?

This course fulfills the second level Writing and Rhetoric Requirement (WRITE 2) and will emphasize oral and multimedia presentation.

Meet the Instructor(s)

Londa Schiebinger

Londa Schiebinger is the John L. Hinds Professor of History of Science, and the director of the EU/US Gendered Innovations in Science, Health & Medicine, and Engineering Project. She is a leading international expert on gender in science, and works on this topic with both the United Nations and the European Union. Her books include: The Mind Has No Sex? Women in the Origins of Modern ScienceNature's Body: Gender in the Making of Modern Science; Has Feminism Changed Science?; and Gendered Innovations in Science and Engineering. For more information, visit Professor Schiebinger's website at: stanford.edu/dept/HPS/schiebinger.html.