SDG5: Gender Equality

Any discussion about sustainable development is underpinned by gender inequality and its wide-reaching effects. Only when gender equity is achieved can we hope to be on a secure footing to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Ending gender identity-based discrimination, violence (in all its forms) and harmful practices, recognizing the contribution of all women, as well as transgender and nonbinary individuals, in all spheres of life, ensuring equitable representation, enabling universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights and providing equitable access to technology and economic resources are some of the tenants of the UN’s SDG 5 on achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls.

Springer Nature publishes primary research, policy and opinion pieces on the myriad of manifestations of gender inequality, placing us uniquely in a position to disseminate information, facilitate communication and enable change. With community-facing efforts like the Nature Research Awards for Inspiring and Innovating Science, Research4Life, and LGBTQ+ Pride, as well as significant internal work to lead by example, we further our commitment to achieving gender equity today. This hub brings together a curated collection of content on SDG 5 and provides an invaluable resource for scholars, policy and decision makers.

International Women's Day

In this new collection, read selected content exploring the 2023 theme of innovation and technology for gender equality.

SDG 5 researchers and societal impact

Discover SDG 5 researchers' attitudes towards SDG5_95px © Springer Nature 2021societal impact in this repository for viewing/downloading, part of a larger project in partnership with the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU), exploring the role of open research in accelerating progress on global societal challenges. Learn more.

The Sustainable Development Goals Series

Discover the latest SDG5-related books published in Springer Nature’s Sustainable Development Goals Series. 
The Series features research on each of the SDGs, addressing the urgent global challenges facing humanity. The books published in the Series feature impactful contributions that support the efforts to make the SDGs a reality

Intersectionality and gender

Gender equality should also be viewed through the broader lens of intersectionality, or how different axes of discrimination cross each other to amplify their exclusionary effects on already minoritized groups. Below you can find a number of chapters and articles published by the Springer Nature on the intersection of gender, race, sexual identity and others.

Highlights in Gender Studies

Springer Nature is proud to publish a robust Gender Studies portfolio through the Palgrave Macmillan, Springer, and BMC imprints, with Palgrave Macmillan having one of the only full-time editors for the discipline. We publish research by scholars at all career levels and on topics as diverse as social movements, gender and citizenship, intersectionality, masculinities, LGBTQ+, sex and sexualities, gender identity, beauty and body image, gender-based violence, decolonial and transnational feminisms, and more. Springer Nature is the natural home for cutting-edge, provocative and definitive content that strives to interpret and challenge the society we live in. Browse a selection of Gender Studies books and journals below.

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Female research pioneers who changed the world

Women have made significant impacts on our world with their pioneering research discoveries, theories and innovations. These steadfast women made the decision to pursue their scientific and research passions even when presented with enormous gender discrimination, doubters, disbelievers, and naysayers. Their mark in history is significant and the impact of their pioneering research continues to teach and inspire students, researchers, explorers, innovators and individuals seeking to further improve the world today.

Click on each pioneer to explore the research they continue to inspire across the our book and journal portfolios.

The SN Women Network

SN Women x UN Women © Springer Nature 2021At Springer Nature (SN), diversity and inclusion is at the core of how we work and who we are. Our employee-networks focus on fostering dialogue around diversity, community building, advice and advocacy. The SN Women global network provides a forum to promote gender equality and support self-defining women across Springer Nature to achieve their personal and professional ambitions. 

Among other initiatives, SN Women invite external experts, often SN authors, to give talks to colleagues about their experience as female pioneers in their fields. Watch recordings of these talks at the blogs below.

This March to honour International Women's Day and in line with our SN Women's credo to ACT, we are #ChoosingtoChallenge by standing up for women in leadership in this time of crisis.

Your work here: Information for Authors

Contact a publishing editor © Mitarart, iStockphotoGetting started publishing your SDG 5 work at Springer Nature is easy. Springer Nature aspires to lead in publishing SDG research, and especially in open access (OA) SDG research.

You can add impact and power to your SDG-related research when you publish it at Springer Nature, and alongside leading research (like the examples above). Research published OA at Springer Nature gets more exposure. For example, research published in fully OA Springer Nature journals are downloaded over 7,000 times on average (up to 5x more than competitors) and cited 7.39 times on average.

Publishing with Springer Nature gives you:

  • A range of journals, from Nature, Springer, and BMC, both hybrid and OA. The journals with SDG content curated above are a small selection of journals you can publish in. Clicking through on them will give you the information — including journal metrics, submission guidelines and more — that you need to plan your next submission.
  • The world’s leading scholarly book program, including the option to publish your book OA. ᐅSDG 5 OA Books
  • Support in finding funding for OA. Many funders and institutions now cover open access (OA) journal article publishing costs for affiliated researchers, as part of an OA agreement with Springer Nature. Find out more about OA agreements and whether you may be entitled to publish OA journal articles with your fees covered. The OA funding support service can help you find and access other OA publishing funds — for journal articles and books — to which you may be entitled.  ᐅOA Agreements  Funding Support Service  The impact of OA
  • Support in writing and publishing your work — both free, including tutorials and paid research solutions services, including editing, translation, and more.  ᐅAuthor Services  ᐅResearch Solutions
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