Events Archive: 2020-21

Sanger Series: The Institutionalization of Gender Disparities in Science


Despite progress, gender disparities in science persist. Women remain underrepresented in the scientific workforce and under-rewarded for their contributions.

In this talk, informatics expert Cassidy R. Sugimoto, Ph.D., examines multiple layers of gender disparities in science, triangulating data from bibliometric data and social surveys to provide a broader perspective on the gendered nature of scientific communication. The science of science provides a novel lens to evaluate these issues, drawing upon theories from sociology of science and utilizing new developments in scientometrics.

Sugimoto examines gender disparities in terms of contributions to scientific articles, disparities in productivity and the impact of scientific work, including factors from grant funding to parenting, as well as the ways in which the pandemic has amplified these disparities. Ultimately, she reflects on the science policy implications of this evidence and what institutions can do to improve equity and justice in scholarly communication.

The event is free and open to all, but registration is required. For questions or accommodations, please contact the VCU Libraries Events Office at

About the Speaker

Cassidy R. Sugimoto, Ph.D., is informatics graduate director and professor of informatics at the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering at Indiana University–Bloomington. Her research expertise is broadly situated in the domains of science policy, scholarly communication and scientometrics, examining the formal and informal ways in which knowledge producers consume and disseminate scholarship. She has co-edited two volumes and has published 50 journal articles on this topic. Her work has been presented at numerous conferences and has received research funding from the National Science Foundation, the Institute for Museum and Library Services and the Sloan Foundation, among other agencies.

She is currently serving as president of the International Society for Scientometrics. She is actively involved in teaching and service and has been rewarded in these areas with an Indiana University Trustees Teaching award (2014) and a national service award from the Association for Information Science and Technology (2009).

She has an undergraduate degree in music performance, an MS in library science and a Ph.D. in information and library science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


VCU Libraries and the VCU Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation present this Sanger Series lecture.

Image: The Institutionalization of Gender Disparities in Science, by Jeff Bland