About Re:Gender


Re:Gender works to end gender inequity, and discrimination against girls and women, by exposing root causes and advancing research-informed action. Working with multiple sectors and disciplines, we are shaping a world that demands fairness across difference.


Re:Gender envisions a world in which gender and sex are not used to determine one’s worth or opportunity. Our work questions the values placed on gender and sex, e.g., female/feminine is worth less than male/masculine. By bringing to light how assumptions about gender and sex restrict all members of society, we prompt people to shift their understanding and behavior. We believe that when difference, as expressed through gender, sex, and the other layers of identity, is valued equally, all individuals and institutions can achieve their full potential.

What does Re:Gender mean by a gender lens? People will sometimes use the word "gender" when they actually mean "women and girls" (e.g., the vast majority of those using the term “gender-based violence" mean violence directed at women and girls, and do not include sexual violence against boys and men or transgender and gender-nonconforming people). Re:Gender does not. When we use gender, we are referring to the full spectrum: feminine, masculine and everything in-between (cis and transgender men and women, gender-nonconforming people, agenders, etc.), including the intersection of gender and race, sexual orientation, class, immigration status, nationality, ability, etc.

Strategic Approach: Embracing Difference to Advance Research-Based Action

Re:Gender'’s unique role is in facilitating better alignment between academic research agendas and the practical information needs of policy, advocacy, corporate and community groups. To advance gender equity, our society needs more creative problem-solving approaches. Difference is the fire starter that sparks collective curiosity and feeds the fire of creativity and innovation. Difference is our core value.

Programs and Focus Areas

Re:Gender's programs and events are cross-sector, multi-disciplinary and fall under one of three focus areas.

Identity: Addressing discrimination based on gender (including intersections with race/ethnicity, class, ability, nationality, age, sexual orientation, religion, gender identity, immigration status, etc.)

Re:Learning Gender: In 2016, Re:Gender will launch the pilot of Re:Learning Gender, a research-informed train-the-trainer program that empowers teachers to apply a gender lens in the classroom and teach children to identify the gender presumptions that shape their lives. For example, research shows that the seeds of occupational segregation are planted in early educational experiences where girls learn they “aren’t good at math” and boys are steered away from more “feminine” subjects. The program will be piloted in New York City schools.
Community Innovation Fellowship: Through the Community Innovation Fellowship (CIF), Re:Gender works with non-profits to ensure a gender lens in their work on social issues, especially those (i.e. poverty, immigration, economic justice, housing, etc.) not generally viewed from a gender perspective. CIF is an intensive two-year leadership development fellowship that provides mid-level non-profit professionals with the support and skills to influence the field through the development of innovative projects designed to shine a “gender lens” on the way organizations work and/or how issues are addressed by the nonprofit sector. 

Corporate Circle: Re:Gender’s Corporate Circle initiative supports major companies in their efforts to strengthen policies advancing gender equity and corporate social responsibility. Through “mini-summits” and other programmatic tools, the Corporate Circle connects Diversity and Inclusion and other business professionals with academic researchers and other experts to provide insights, new ideas and best practices about the tough issues corporations are grappling with today. 

Economic Well-being: Issues of economic justice, work fairness, and business leadership

Gender and Precarity (Economic Instability): This multi-year initiative is focused on exploring economic stability and the changing nature of work through the prism of gender. Gender and Precarity addresses the combined impact of gender discrimination experienced via occupational segregation, workplace practices, sexual violence, immigration and housing on individuals and communities with already limited financial and social mobility, including lack of access to asset building and other essential skills. Through print and visual media as well as virtual events, Re:Gender is providing current research, policy campaigns and changes in practice in support of efforts to develop and promote policies that address how these issues overlap to entrap millions of Americans in precarious economic circumstances.

Thriving Environments: From personal safety (e.g., sexual assault) to community (e.g., civic leadership) to global (e.g., climate change) concerns

Identity and Sexual Violence: This multi-year initiative is a public education campaign designed to inform and inspire a conversation across sectors and disciplines about the need to develop more effective intervention and policy strategies for addressing one of the country’s most intractable social issues. By using an intersectional gender lens to look at national data, Re:Gender will present the full story of sexual violence and its impact, not only on women, but men and gender non-conforming individuals across race and class. Through interactive material and virtual events, this more fully developed gender picture will be made available to anyone interested in working toward a more effective cross-institutional policy response to sexual violence.  

Network Description

Comprised of 400+ institutions and individuals, Re:Gender's network connects research, policy and practice to end gender inequity. Institutions include cross-sector representation from academia, business, government, labor, philanthropy and nonprofit organizations—such as social justice, cultural, health-related and women's organizations. Individual members include advocates, change agents, policy thinkers, practitioners, public intellectuals, researchers and other allies. Re:Gender harnesses the collective power of its network to provide knowledge, analysis and thought leadership on a range of issues.

The network offers members opportunities to:

  • Share your research
  • Source research you need
  • Identify research gaps
  • Contribute to the Re:Gender’'s web-based programming
  • Receive the Re:Gender’'s e-news updates
  • Participate in relevant programmatic initiatives (based on topic)
  • Participate in the Re:Gender’'s conference as a presenter

If you have not already, we encourage you to join our network. Re:Gender looks forward to working with you to advance gender equity.

The Tagline: research. rethink. reframe.

  • A nod to both the research, policy and practice composition of our network and our work to collectively change the way gender is thought of and treated in society

The Logo:

  • The symbol underneath the “re,” a modern interpretation of an Awen symbol, conveys multiple ideas:
  • The concept of “three” captures the organization’s three-pronged, cross-sector network (research, policy, and practice)
  • Gender is not a binary. It is a spectrum that is influenced by all aspects of our identities, including age, race, class, culture, etc.; matching the color in the symbol reinforces that message
  • It lies flat and underneath the “re” to emphasize the network’s role in “regarding” and to be suggestive of a multidirectional flow of information
  • The tagline is purposefully placed under “gender” to convey that gender is the subject of the researching, rethinking, and reframing.

For more information about the organization's rebranding, please visit http://www.lughstudio.com/regender/.

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