“The program is the first in the nation — and probably the world,” said Janet Hyde, director of the campus Center for Research on Gender & Women, on the university’s website. Dr. Hyde is a professor of Psychology and Women’s Studies who received her Ph.D. in 1972 from the University of California-Berkeley.
The first post-doctoral fellow, Caroline Van Sickle, also responded to Campus Reform’s inquiries about the program, saying via email: “We aren’t doing science well if we ignore the ideas and research of people who aren’t male, white, straight, or rich. […] Feminist science seeks to improve our understanding of the world by including people with different viewpoints. A more inclusive science means an opportunity to make new discoveries.”
The university’s program in feminist biology begins in September.
One of the (many) reasons communist countries lagged behind the west in science was that all research had to be conducted and interpreted according to the rules of Marx and the People’s dictatorship. Now, scientific research is to be judged by the extent to which it includes a gay or poor or “feminist” perspective? I can think of no private sector job that would accord any value to an extra year spent studying biology from a transgender or feminist perspective; on the other hand, it’s easy to envision such a program as a requirement for a government or academic position.