Why We Invested
Implicit and explicit gender biases mean that women are often underrepresented as experts in academia and in media. Women Also Know Stuff has created a searchable database that helps academics and journalists identify and connect with women academics conducting research on a multitude of issues related to the study of politics. Women Also Know Stuff also equips underrepresented scholars with the tools they need to promote their own work.
Expanding the diversity of expert sources in news stories increases the variety of perspectives and topics shared with the public, and expanding the pool of scholars from diverse backgrounds in academia increases our understanding of how democracy works – and who it works for.
Democracy Fund is proud to support the Editorial Board of Women Also Know Stuff: Amber Boydstun, University of California, Davis; Nadia Brown, Purdue University; Kim Dionne, University of California, Riverside; Samara Klar, University of Arizona; Yanna Krupnikov, Stony Brook University; Melissa R. Michelson, Menlo College; Kerri Millita, Illinois State University; Layna Mosley, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Stella Rouse, University of Maryland at College Park; Kathleen Searles, Louisiana State University; and Christina Wolbrecht, University of Notre Dame.
Democracy Fund believes that including a wider variety of perspectives, topics, and expertise in public discussions of political issues strengthens our democracy.