Menlo College Receives Generous Grant From The Democracy Fund To Expand Women Also Know Stuff Project

Democracy Fund & Women Also Know Stuff

(Atherton, California/July 10, 2019) – Menlo College has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Democracy Fund to expand the work of Women Also Know Stuff, a project that promotes and publicizes the work and expertise of scholars in political science who identify as women.

Since February 2016, a group of women political scientists across the United States, including Menlo College Political Science Professor Melissa R. Michelson, have curated WomenAlsoKnowStuff.com, and maintained a Twitter feed at @womenalsoknow, to allow reporters and scholars to access the expertise of women for the use of research, reporting, editorial boards, and for manuscript and program reviews.

The Democracy Fund grant will fund a series of on-site workshops to be held at institutions that tend not to send their faculty members to national or regional academic conferences, and thus have limited exposure to professional development offerings at those meetings. This will include Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), and community colleges.

“Gender bias in the discipline hurts women in political science but also the profession and society, because they are less likely to learn about and benefit from the expertise of the women whose voices and research are overlooked. Women Also Know Stuff is pushing back against this bias by raising the visibility of women’s expertise,” said Menlo College Professor Michelson. “This funding from the Democracy Fund will further our mission by bringing visibility to the project to more women and providing women participants with tools to empower themselves to raise the visibility of their work.”

Workshop topics include how to promote your own work, how to frame your work to appeal to broader audiences, and how to push back against bias within departments, institutions, and the profession. The first two workshops are aimed specifically at women; the third includes components for both men and women (offered in separate panels), designed to generate visibility for WomenAlsoKnowStuff. The strategies, including professional development, offered by the workshop are useful for both early career (graduate students and contingent faculty) and mid-career (tenured) scholars.

Those seeking more information can follow Women Also Know Stuff at @womenalsoknow or email contact@womenalsoknowstuff.com.