The missing trans women of science, medicine, and global health

Elsevier, The Lancet, Volume 393, Issue 10171, 9–15 February 2019, Pages 506-508.
Arjee Restar and Don Operario

A groundswell of support has emerged to bring visibility to and help combat gender inequities for women in science, medicine, and global health. Academic and other institutional workplaces must promote recognition of race and gender intersectionality, equity, and inclusivity of all women, including transgender (trans) women and girls of colour.

Globally, advocacy movements for gender equality have mobilised gender-based programmes, such as UNESCO's eAtlas of Gender Inequality in Education, policy agendas, for example, UN Sustainable Development Goal 5, and awareness campaigns like #WomenInSTEM. These efforts have addressed gender discrimination and sexism in education and workplace settings, particularly for women and girls living in high-income countries. Rarely do gender advocacy campaigns acknowledge, support, or make visible non-binary people, including trans women and girls of colour, who struggle to complete their education and thrive in academia and in their jobs.