Many of us grew up observing that people with influence—preachers, doctors, newscasters, lawyers, corporate executives, senators, presidents—were always male. So those of us who grew up in that world will not be surprised that the old “men-are-the-experts” bias is still in force when a news outlet or academic journal seeks an opinion from a political scientist. That’s why a group of women political scientists has started a website, Women Also Know Stuff, to give organizations that “can’t find a woman expert in this field” some appropriate suggestions.

Emily Beaulieu and other group organizers note in The Washington Post:

“When women are missing, the world loses out on the expertise and perspective they have to offer — some of it directly related to women’s different experiences in life, and some of it simply because we’re missing roughly half of the available expertise. The absence of women perpetuates stereotypes about who knows stuff and who does not. It misrepresents this discipline and the world . . . . Women Also Know Stuff has a series of pages sorted by topics and subfields, ranging from African Politics to Parties and Elections, from Research Methods/Research Design to Political Theory — and so much more. Our growing list of scholars includes women at all stages of their careers — from junior women with novel approaches to tackling new problems, to senior scholars whose groundbreaking work continues to influence the entire field of political science. When available, we include links to scholars’ websites so that anyone using the site can find more information about each scholar. We encourage women and gender-variant scholars to add themselves to Women Also Know Stuff; it’s as simple as filling out a Google Form.”

Read more at The Washington Post.

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