In an article published on August 7th, WGSS Executive Committee member, Kathrin Zippel, discusses her research on the increasing global network available to STEM researchers and the gender biases that women continue to face within this ever growing system. Zippel’s has dedicated her personal research to studying gender inequality in academic institutions and exploring ways to diminish this tendency. Often, Zippel highlights, “cultural or social stereotypes about who can be a serious scientist lock women out of collaborative research projects that are necessary for scientific discovery.” Her work highlights both the challenges and positive prospects presented by international networking for women. Zippel acknowledges the United States “as the gold standard in science,” as women are more regarded for their status as a scientist in the US rather than their gender. This presents issues, however, for women who are “twice marginalized” – as women and as non-US scientists. Currently, Zippel is studying the differences in public policy related to gender equality in the US and the European Union in an effort to further understand what tactics are working to promote equality and what isn’t. For her work, Zippel has recently received the Humboldt Alumni Award for Innovative Networking Initiatives, which was presented to her by German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the annual meeting of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. To read the full article, click here!