Viewing the world of research through violet lenses: a fresh perspective

Violet Glasses: The Need for Gender Equity in Science and Technology Research and Communication

The significance of incorporating a gender perspective into the development of scientific and technological research, as well as into the historical narrative and communication of these fields, was emphasized by Cecilia Montero. She spoke during a panel called Communicating Science with Violet Glasses at the Cultural Center of Spain in Mexico. The event was held in celebration of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, observed on February 11th.

Montero explained that using ‘violet glasses’ is vital in the scientific process, alluding to the need to recognize and address unfair situations, prejudices, and disparities against women. She asserted 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, especially in a country as diverse as Mexico. The panelists also emphasized the need to extend opportunities, particularly to young girls interested in science, promoting gender diversity within scientific research and the dissemination of scientific knowledge.

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 and Aketzalli González Santiago, from the Center for Research and Advanced Studies (Cinvestav) and the La Bombilla outreach collective respectively, highlighted the significance of incorporating gender perspectives into scientific communication

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