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Issues in Focus – The Gender Data Gap

Throughout the month of April 2021, the Women in Economics Initiative highlighted the “Gender Data Gap” on its varying platforms of outreach. For anyone who missed it or who is interested in the different aspects highlighted we gathered all information in one place.


What is the Gender Data Gap – some definitions and examples

Examples for the “Gender Data Gap”

  • One thing which is optimized for men are car safety features. Many safety trials use an average male test dummy and so safety features, such as seat belts, are safer for men. Statistics show women are 17% more likely to die in a car crash than men.

  • Within economics, many headline indicators which measure the strength of the economy tend to aggregate the data on men and women. For example, the total unemployment rate in the US in April 2020 was 14.8% while women’s unemployment was 16.1%.


Our own contribution to closing the Gender Data Gap – Data on Women in the Economics profession

→ Check out the WiE Index here.


Further readings on the “Gender Data Gap”

Read our blog article on the implications of the Gender Data Gap →

Book recommendations

Data Feminism: The book serves as an important introduction to intersectional feminist practice by providing inspiring examples of marginalized women and communities taking power back by collecting and wielding “counter-data” to challenge the status quo.” – Times Higher Education

Invisible Women: “a forensic examination of the myriad hidden ways in which women are excluded from the very building blocks of the world we live in, and the impact this has on our health and wellbeing” – Caroline Criado Perez on

Articles on the Gender Data Gap in Different Languages

→ Thread on Twitter here.


Closing the Gender Data Gap — Initiatives and Ideas


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