Over time, historians have asked how gender politics shaped history, while literary scholars explore how gender politics shaped the novel, or made some literary forms more important than others. In each case, asking such questions changed the structure of the discipline by holding up for analysis what had until then seemed like natural truths.
For the past 30 years, many scholars–including myself– have probed the relationship between science and gender. What is meant by the idea of objective knowledge? Is scientific knowledge gendered? Can science be understood without gender?
I strongly advocate the idea that understanding science is of central importance to feminist students and scholars and that understanding feminist insights into science is essential to science students and researchers.
Going further, as the field of women’s studies began to grapple with its own cultural diversity, some scholars have started to analyze race and science in a manner analogous to studies of gender and science.
There are now dozens of books and thousands of articles on the topics of gender, race and science. I list a few of my favorites below and links to web sites with additional resources as well (see also the book series Race, Gender and Science).