Word to the W.I.S.E. (Women in Science and Engineering) Podcast Series

Decoding Gender-Responsive Standards with Michelle Parkouda, Manager, Research, Standards Council of Canada

UL Standards & Engagement
September 16, 2022

What are gender-responsive standards and why are they so critical to the universal application of standards?

We spoke with Michelle Parkouda, author of the recent report 'When One Size Does Not Protect All: Understanding Why Gender Matters for Standardization.' As Manager of Research at the Standards Council of Canada, Michelle is responsible for leading research to demonstrate the economic and social value of standardization.

Through Word to the W.I.S.E., we aim to have these conversations, build awareness, and explore future strategies to increase women’s participation in the development of both standards and technical regulations. We will also explore examples of international standards that are truly gender responsive.

Remember, you too can have your say. 

Just use the #whystandardsmatter hashtag across social media, and submit any questions or feedback on the Word to the W.I.S.E. podcast at ULSE.org/contact. We will try to address questions and comments in future episodes.

We also encourage all female leaders in STEM fields to participate in our standards development process by applying for membership on one of our Technical Committees.

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