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.

SDG Series

Explore the latest releases in the SDG book series based around SDG5 below. 

The SDG Series is Springer Nature’s inaugural cross-imprint book series that addresses and supports the United Nations’ seventeen Sustainable Development Goals. The Series is the first at Springer Nature to publish books under both the Springer and Palgrave Macmillan imprints, bringing the strengths of our imprints together. 

The Series is organized into eighteen subseries: one subseries based around each of the seventeen respective Sustainable Development Goals, and an eighteenth subseries, “Connecting the Goals,” which serves as a home for volumes addressing multiple goals or studying the SDGs as a whole. Each subseries is guided by an expert Subseries Advisor with years or decades of experience studying and addressing core components of their respective Goal.

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.

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