Incorporating a gender perspective into scientific and technological research, as well as into the historical narrative and communication of these fields, is essential according to Cecilia Montero. She emphasized this during a panel called “Communicating Science with Violet Glasses” at the Cultural Center of Spain in Mexico. The event was held in honor of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, observed on February 11th.
Montero explained that using ‘violet glasses’ is crucial in the scientific process, referring to the need to recognize and address unfair situations, prejudices, and disparities against women. She emphasized that this approach must be carried through from the initial stages of knowledge generation and research to the subsequent communication and dissemination of scientific findings to society.
Highlighting the diversity of Mexico, Montero underscored the importance of including various perspectives and contexts when communicating scientific information. Mónica Angulo Miñarro supported this call for fostering gender diversity in scientific research, emphasizing a more inclusive environment for women in scientific careers. Promoting female participation in technology and science was seen as crucial for social justice and workforce diversification.
The talk also discussed the historical and ongoing gender imbalance within the sciences and the importance of scientific communication with a gender perspective. Liliana Quintanar from Cinvestav highlighted how incorporating gender perspectives into scientific communication challenges traditional biases in language use while Aketzalli González Santiago from La Bombilla outreach collective underscored how it helps create more diverse narratives about science that are accessible to everyone.
In conclusion, incorporating a gender perspective into science is vital for promoting inclusivity, diversity, fairness, social justice, and innovation. Scientists should strive to create an environment where women feel empowered to participate fully in all aspects of research without any form of discrimination or bias.