Even though women are a huge part of the scientific community and make up half of the population, women’s voices have been historically low or entirely absent in public spaces. These imbalances ultimately deny leadership opportunities to women in science, especially women who face additional forms of discrimination.
To end this specific gender gap, the ‘’500 Women Scientists’’ launched the ‘’Request a Woman Scientist’’ platform which serves as a resource for journalists, educators, policy makers, scientists, and anyone needing scientific expertise. It connects the organization’s extensive multidisciplinary network of women in science with anyone who needs to consult a scientist for a news story, invite a keynote speaker or panelist for a conference or workshop, find a woman scientist to collaborate on a project, or serve as a subject matter expert in any capacity.
This database is also participatory and open to women scientists from all over the world who wish to join it.
The mission of 500 women scientists is to serve society by making science open, inclusive, and accessible. To achieve our mission it empowers women to grow to their full potential in science; increases scientific literacy through public engagement and advocates for science and equality.
This platform is part of the Axis 1 "Strengthening the capacities of equality actors" of the Priority Solidarity Fund "Women for the future in the Mediterranean" funded by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and led by the European Institute of the Mediterranean, in the framework of the project “Developing Women's Empowerment” labelled by the Union for the Mediterranean.