What is knowledge? What is data? What is reality?
The answer is – whatever we say it is! Because everything is a social construct. What matters is who has the power to do the constructing. Wresting that power out of the hands of the heterosexual white males responsible for colonialism, capitalism, racism, homophobia, global warming, healthcare inequities, and all oppression in the world is the most urgent task of scholars leading the charge to feminize the world’s leading STEM institution.
Data Feminist Catherine D’Ignazio, is an associate professor of Urban Science and Planning at MIT and director of the Data + Feminism Lab. She has run reproductive justice hackathons, designed global news recommendation systems, created talking and tweeting water quality sculptures, and led walking data visualizations to envision the future of sea level rise. She is a co-founder of the spatial justice collective the Institute for Infinitely Small Things and is a proud board member of Indigenous Women Rising. There’s hardly an intersectional box she doesn’t check, making her a prized diversity hire.