Re:Gender, formerly National Council for Research on Women
Re:Gender works to end gender inequity, and discrimination against girls and women, by exposing root causes and advancing research-informed action. Working with multiple sectors and disciplines, we are shaping a world that demands fairness across difference.
Re:Gender envisions a world in which gender and sex are not used to determine ones worth or opportunity. Our work questions the values placed on gender and sex, e.g., female/feminine is worth less than male/masculine. By bringing to light how assumptions about gender and sex restrict all members of society, we prompt people to shift their understanding and behavior. We believe that when difference, as expressed through gender, sex, and the other layers of identity, is valued equally, all individuals and institutions can achieve their full potential.
What does Re:Gender mean by a gender lens?
People will sometimes use the word “gender” when they actually mean “women and girls” (e.g., the vast majority of those using the term “gender-based violence” mean violence directed at women and girls, and do not include sexual violence against boys and men or transgender and gender-nonconforming people). Re:Gender does not. When we use gender, we are referring to the full spectrum: feminine, masculine and everything in-between (cis and transgender men and women, gender-nonconforming people, agenders, etc.), including the intersection of gender and race, sexual orientation, class, immigration status, nationality, ability, etc.
Strategic Approach: Embracing Difference to Advance Research-Based Action
Re:Gender’s unique role is in facilitating better alignment between academic research agendas and the practical information needs of policy, advocacy, corporate and community groups. To advance gender equity, our society needs more creative problem-solving approaches. Difference is the fire starter that sparks collective curiosity and feeds the fire of creativity and innovation. Difference is our core value.
Programs and Focus Areas
Re:Gender’s programs and events are cross-sector, multi-disciplinary and fall under one of three focus areas.
Identity: Addressing discrimination based on gender (including intersections with race/ethnicity, class, ability, nationality, age, sexual orientation, religion, gender identity, immigration status, etc.)
Re:Learning Gender: In 2016, Re:Gender will launch the pilot of Re:Learning Gender, a research-informed train-the-trainer program that empowers teachers to apply a gender lens in the classroom and teach children to identify the gender presumptions that shape their lives. For example, research shows that the seeds of occupational segregation are planted in early educational experiences where girls learn they “aren’t good at math” and boys are steered away from more “feminine” subjects. The program will be piloted in New York City schools.
Community Innovation Fellowship: Through the Community Innovation Fellowship (CIF), Re:Gender works with non-profits to ensure a gender lens in their work on social issues, especially those (i.e. poverty, immigration, economic justice, housing, etc.) not generally viewed from a gender perspective. CIF is an intensive two-year leadership development fellowship that provides mid-level non-profit professionals with the support and skills to influence the field through the development of innovative projects designed to shine a “gender lens” on the way organizations work and/or how issues are addressed by the nonprofit sector.
Corporate Circle: Re:Gender’s Corporate Circle initiative supports major companies in their efforts to strengthen policies advancing gender equity and corporate social responsibility. Through “mini-summits” and other programmatic tools, the Corporate Circle connects Diversity and Inclusion and other business professionals with academic researchers and other experts to provide insights, new ideas and best practices about the tough issues corporations are grappling with today.
Economic Well-being: Issues of economic justice, work fairness, and business leadership
Gender and Precarity (Economic Instability): This multi-year initiative is focused on exploring economic stability and the changing nature of work through the prism of gender. Gender and Precarity addresses the combined impact of gender discrimination experienced via occupational segregation, workplace practices, sexual violence, immigration and housing on individuals and communities with already limited financial and social mobility, including lack of access to asset building and other essential skills. Through print and visual media as well as virtual events, Re:Gender is providing current research, policy campaigns and changes in practice in support of efforts to develop and promote policies that address how these issues overlap to entrap millions of Americans in precarious economic circumstances.
Thriving Enviornments: From personal safeyty (e.g., sexual assault) to community (e.g., civic leadership) to global (e.g., climate change) concerns
Identity and Sexual Violence: This multi-year initiative is a public education campaign designed to inform and inspire a conversation across sectors and disciplines about the need to develop more effective intervention and policy strategies for addressing one of the country’s most intractable social issues. By using an intersectional gender lens to look at national data, Re:Gender will present the full story of sexual violence and its impact, not only on women, but men and gender non-conforming individuals across race and class. Through interactive material and virtual events, this more fully developed gender picture will be made available to anyone interested in working toward a more effective cross-institutional policy response to sexual violence.
Comprised of 400+ institutions and individuals, Re:Gender’s network connects research, policy and practice to end gender inequity. Institutions include cross-sector representation from academia, business, government, labor, philanthropy and nonprofit organizations—such as social justice, cultural, health-related and women’s organizations. Individual members include advocates, change agents, policy thinkers, practitioners, public intellectuals, researchers and other allies. Re:Gender harnesses the collective power of its network to provide knowledge, analysis and thought leadership on a range of issues.
The network offers members opportunities to:
- Share your research
- Source research you need
- Identify research gaps
- Contribute to the Re:Gender’s web-based programming
- Receive the Re:Gender’s e-news updates
- Participate in relevant programmatic initiatives (based on topic)
- Participate in the Re:Gender’s conference as a presenter
If you have not already, we encourage you to join our network. Re:Gender looks forward to working with you to advance gender equity.
Re:Gender, formerly National Council for Research on Women, was established in 1981 by a group of feminist researchers who were looking to connect their similar organizations and promote research by and about women. With Mariam K. Chamberlain as the founding president, they created a membership organization that served as a clearinghouse to facilitate collaboration among researchers and share information with the general public.
During the late 1980s and 1990s, the organization expanded to become a platform for academic feminist research on issues of identity via publications such as “Risk, Resiliency, and Resistance: Current Research on Adolescent Girls;” “Sexual Harassment: Research & Resources;” “To Reclaim a Legacy of Diversity;” “Who’s Where and Doing What” Directory; “Immigration: Women and Girls, Where Do They Land?;” and “Who Benefits, Who Decides?: An Agenda for Improving Philanthropy.”
In the late 90s, the organization began to amplify its base by extending the strong community of academic centers and researchers to include corporate and higher education leaders. Collectively they created programming to advance women into leadership positions. Plans for the organization’s Presidents Circle—a network of current and former college, university and university system presidents and chancellors—began in 1994. It was designed to expand the organization’s reach into academic leadership and deepen connections for member organizations within campuses. The Corporate Circle, launched in 2000, was designed to augment corporations’ diversity and inclusion initiatives by facilitating access to academic research.
Over the next 12 years, the organization held more convenings that led to notable reports, collaborations and events, including the “Summit on Higher Education and Diversity,” as the culmination of the study, “The Impact of Leadership on Expanding Gender and Racial Diversity in Higher Education;” “Balancing the Equation: Where Are Women and Girls in Science, Engineering and Technology?;” Missing: Information About Women’s Lives;” “Taxes Are a Women’s Issue: Reframing the Debate;” “Gains and Gaps: A Look at the World’s Women;” “Women in Fund Management: A Road Map for Achieving Critical Mass—and Why it Matters;” The Challenge and the Charge: Strategies for Retaining and Advancing Women of Color” summits and report by the same name; and “Caring for Our Nation’s Future: The Impact of ARRA Funding on Access to Childcare.”
In 2013, following a national listening tour and intensive strategic planning process, the organization developed a newvision and structure. It transformed from a member organization to an expanded cross-sector network of institutions and individuals that are working to better connect and align academic research and the practical information needs of policy, advocacy, corporate and community groups. It adapted to apply a broad gender lens focused on issues in three interconnected focus areas—Identity, Economic Well-Being and Thriving Environments. As the final phase of the planning process, the organization’s network was engaged to help select a new name, and National Council for Research on Womenbecame Re:Gender.
From women’s economic security and health care, to gender in popular culture, and violence against women and girls, Re:Gender and our network partners examine various issues that matter. In this section, we introduce a wide range of those issues through our primers—context-setting explainers that offer history, underlying issues, controversies, policy implications and social impact of topics prominent in public conversation. We present these primers to build a platform for galvanizing thoughtful conversations and generating action-oriented outcomes around these complex areas.
A Gender Lens on Affordable Housing
What You Said About the ERA
Diversity and the Academy Awards
The Perfect Present: Gift Giving and Gender Norms
Primer on Child Sexual Abuse
Are We Ready Yet? The ERA Today
Independent Workers and the Changing Workplace
What Does Television Look Like in Your America?
Precarious Lives: Gender Lens on Low-wage Work
Gender Lens on Poverty
Everything You Need to Know about the Equal Pay Act
Gender Stat collects research findings from academic, policy, government, and NGO/NPO sources around the web in one place for an annual snapshot. It offers top-level statistics that link back to the primary sources for the data and analysis to ensure readers have the opportunity to explore the issues more deeply and to benefit from expert analysis and insight.
Topics Gender Stat will cover over the next year include politics, wages and benefits, sexual assault, and poverty.
Our Literature Reviews give a gender/feminist lens to a particular topic. We present annotated lists of papers, reports, articles, videos, etc. on the work of a particular scholar or compiled by a scholar on a specific topic. The goal: a meaningful archive that offers critical perspectives and evidence-informed resources for professors, students, independent researchers, and others interested in the subject.
Learn more about Re:Gender events, newsletters and other involvement opportunities, please visit www. regender.org